By Trent Moore

Staff Writer

More than 300 people came out Saturday to walk for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) awareness at Heritage Park.

Among the crowd was Jill Crumpton, a Hayden teacher who suffers from the auto immune disease.

Crumpton said members of her church, Smoke Rise Baptist Church, came out to the event to support her and other congregation members who suffer from MS.

“They’re out here today, walking in honor of us,” she said. “Four people in our church have MS, actually. They’re here for all of us.”

Linda Parker, Crumpton’s Sunday school teacher, said she was proud to participate.

“We really wanted to come out and support the cause,” she said.

The Alabama Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society hosted the event, in conjunction with various other walks across the state. Donations and funds raised from the walk went to support direct services for more than 4,000 people with MS and their families in Alabama and national MS research.

Melissa Patterson, president of the Alabama MS Society chapter, said the walk is an excellent event to get more people involved and knowledgeable about MS.

“This is just a great program to raise awareness,” she said. “Everyone normally just comes out, gives and does a great job.”

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling, to blindness and paralysis.

Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with twice as many women being diagnosed. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.

For more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit the organization’s Web site,

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