Just because he wasn't at Allen Park on Sunday doesn't mean Doug Brown's presence wasn't felt.
As Team DJ participated in the MS Walk in Allen Park on Sunday, Brown was in Buffalo receiving treatment for multiple sclerosis. Still, Brown's team was among the largest in attendance Sunday for the annual fundraiser.
"We started out with just a few family members, but the team has just grown and grown," said Heather Brown of Team DJ. "We have around 60 people on the team this year and our goal is to raise at least $10,000 every year for the foundation. Doug (Brown) is missing the event for the first time this year because he is currently going through treatment for MS at Buffalo General Hospital."
Pictured are the more than 20 members of Team Awesomeness, led by Brandy Wadsworth, at the MS Walk in Allen?Park on Sunday.
P-J?photo by Ryan Atkins
Brandy Wadsworth, the captain of Team Awesomeness, also has multiple sclerosis.
"This team is all family and friends. I have MS so I'm doing these events while I can still walk. I want to be able to raise money for those people that can't," said Wadsworth.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society held its Walk MS Jamestown event Sunday, starting at the Allen Park Ice Rink, with hopes of raising more than $13,000 for the Upstate New York chapter of its organization. The event was filled with everyone from children small enough to need a stroller to grandparents relying on canes to help them finish the walk.
Many of the people participating in the event on Sunday were inspired to do so because of friends and family members that have multiple sclerosis.
In Chautauqua County alone there are more than 300 people living with multiple sclerosis. People were encouraged to come and participate whether it was individually or with a team.
There were three routes available for people to take ranging from one to five miles in length.
"The NMSS has more than 16,000 members and there are more than 500 in Chautauqua County alone," said Sue Thomson-Binder, a spokesperson for the NMSS. "The money raised at events like this go to both MS research and local organizations helping people with MS."
For Walk MS Jamestown, all volunteers working the event were supplied by the Chautauqua Region MS Society.
"They work very hard on these events," said Thomson-Binder. "They're here to help local people and support the NMSS in their mission."
According to Thomson-Binder, 40 percent of the proceeds from Sunday's event will go to research for treatment and cures, while 60 percent of the money raised will stay in Chautauqua County to help organizations that cater to those suffering from multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system, interrupting the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. It can range from having very mild symptoms such as blurred vision to causing complete paralysis in some cases.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers a variety of programs and services throughout the year focusing on helping people with multiple sclerosis and their families. The Upstate New York chapter serves 50 counties. For more information on the services offered or to learn how to volunteer, call 800-344-4867 or visit www.MSUpstateNY.org.