LEWISTON – Mayors Lionel Guay and Norman Guay have proclaimed April 8 as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Day in the cities of Lewiston and Auburn in recognition of the 300 individuals in Androscoggin County who suffer from the debilitating disease.

The Androscoggin County MS Walk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Lewiston High School, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The walk will encompass a five-mile course through the Bates College area. Rest stops and water stops will be available along the route and have been sponsored by local businesses. A light breakfast and lunch will also be provided by local businesses to all those who walk.

The walk will include a 50/50 drawing, a raffle of items donated by local merchants, information on the local MS Support Group and door prizes.

Multiple Sclerosis affects the central nervous system and has no known cause or cure. The walk is the main source of fundraising for the MS Society, and funds help support research efforts to find a cause and cure for the neurological disease. Because no two patients are affected the same, diagnosis and treatment are often difficult. In Maine alone, there are more than 3,000 families affected by MS.

The Maine Chapter, which is celebrating 52 years of service, has 11 walk locations, including Androscoggin County (Lewiston); Augusta, Greater Portland Area and Bangor. Contact the society at 1-800-fightMS for more information.

The Androscoggin County Walk Committee invites anyone interested in walking or volunteering that day to contact Walk Chairman Mike Roy at 524-2749 or committee member Debra Humason at 782-2035 for more information.

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