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COURTESY PHOTO  - Help support research for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis at the Walk MS event taking place at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheater May 11, starting at 8 a.m.

An estimated 1,500 people are expected to raise more than $300,000 at Walk MS: Portland May 11 at Oregon Zoo Amphitheater.

This year, Portlanders are inspired by a new study conducted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which shows more than twice as many people in the U.S. are living with MS than previously thought. The previous studies estimated the prevalence to be 400,000, but this new study shows that number to closer to 1 million.

The walk routes range from one to three miles during this family-friendly event. A sea of orange — the color of MS awareness — will raise awareness for multiple sclerosis and help spark a feeling of community while researchers search for a cure.

"Twice as many people need a cure and to know they have a community to support them," said Cyndi Zagieboylo, president and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "Nobody should face MS alone, which is why Walk MS is so powerful as the gathering place for the MS movement. Funds raised at Walk MS support programs and services for people affected by MS, ensure legislative decision-makers understand the challenges of MS and public policy needed so that people can live their best lives, as well as fund global, cutting-edge research so we can get another step closer to finding a cure."

Walk MS begins at 8 a.m. at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheater, 4001 SW Canyon Road in Portland. Register at or call 855-372-1331.

— For The Review, Tidings

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