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Casco woman to participate in Walk MS

Posted April 25, 2012, at 3:29 p.m.
Last modified April 25, 2012, at 3:44 p.m.

CASCO, Maine — There are nine walks for MS in Maine this weekend. Each participant has a motivating factor that drives them to participate in the walk. One of those people is Melissa Wilkinson of Casco.

Melissa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis less than a year ago. She became one of over 400,000 in the US with MS, with approximately 200 more diagnosed each week with the disease. She knew little about MS and was unsure how she would handle this new battle and the challenges that were ahead in both her personal and professional life.

Less than a year later, Melissa considers herself very fortunate. She caught the disease early on and her medications are doing their job to slow down the progression of the disease. She has received amazing support from her friends, family, and her co-workers at Burns & McDonnell in New Gloucester, ME—many of which she was scared to break the news to less than a year ago.

This Saturday, April 28, she will join her Burns & McDonnell co-workers and friends who have rallied around her in support of finding a cure for Walk MS, a 6 mile walk in Scarborough, ME., part of an overall effort to create a world free of MS. Last night Melissa was asked to be the Ambassador for the walk, so she will proudly give a speech prior to the day’s event. This race is one of nine simultaneous walks occurring across Maine. Her team, which has raised almost $3,000 to date, has 26 walkers including 10 co-workers from Burns & McDonnell working on Central Maine Power’s Maine Power Reliability Program. Melissa is very motivated for this walk, with all the money going directly toward research, providing education, and also alleviating the financial burden that MS bring upon individuals each day.

For Walk Details in ME: http://walkmam.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WLK_MAM_Details_ME

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