Naperville Resident Dolores Bopp Potterton is one of the 20,000 people in the nation living with Multiple Sclerosis.
She and her family led more than 1,000 people along the Riverwalk for this year’s 25th Anniversary Walk MS in Naperville.
Today marked the 16th time she’s participated to help battle the disease, and she says that’s both good and bad.
“I walk for all of the people that don’t have the support that I have and don’t have the opportunity to know what it is to live with this disease with grace and so it is just a horrific disease and we need to end it and we do everything possible and we do a lot of fundraising and events to kick it in the butt and know we no longer have to live with this disease,” said Potterton.
Naperville is one of 11 locations in the state to host the fundraising event. Proceeds benefit The Greater Illinois Chapter – one of the top supporters of clinical research on MS. Their efforts also support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Walk MS 2012 raised over $2.7 million as one of the top events like it in the country. Event organizers hope for an even greater outcome this year.
“I saw things at Walk MS that changed me, but now this is pretty powerful of course. Lots of families come out and lots of families are affected. It’s a great day to raise awareness and give a face to the disease,” Cheek.
Helping give a face to the disease are the friends and families of people affected by it. Many of them are the ones who raised money and sponsored teams.
“We are walking for our mom. We’re excited to be doing something to help find a cure for MS,” say Napeville sisters, Raven and Harley.
“Hopefully we find a cure someday, and I would love to be out of a job because we were able to help these people,” said Cheek.
Interested volunteers can visit MSillinois.org.
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