Coast Residents Walk To Fight Multiple Sclerosis

About 100 Hancock County residents laced up their walking shoes for a good cause Saturday.

It was the very first MS Walk in Waveland. Participants walked more than 5 miles to help raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Pledges collected during the fundraiser will go towards research in finding a cure for the crippling disease. Organizers hope this walk will raise more than $12,000.

"A lot of people want to volunteer. You don't have to be a fireman to volunteer, to help your community," walk organizer Debra Hartzel said. "One third of a million Americans have multiple sclerosis, and about 20 people a day are diagnosed with this disease, so it's pretty wide spread and growing at an alarming rate as a matter of fact. This is a way the general public you and I can get involved and offer our support."

Donations for the cause will be collected through April 30th. If you'd like to help you can dial 1-800-FIGHT-MS.