Free MS Fest raises funds for two nonprofits with walking, music and entertainment on Saturdays
The MS Fest, a combination of a 3K / 5K walk along the Mississippi on the Clinton’s Discovery Trail and a four-party concert at Clinton’s View Bandshell, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Activities start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m., according to Greg Fier, with the event.
The Clinton MS Support Group, in partnership with The Finch Fund, will present the festival, which includes The Beez, Brooke Byam and the Daymakers, The Unidynes and The Mamiltons.
There will be hot food, snacks, live animals, face painting, balloon twists, a car show and a silent auction.
The MS’issippi Walk-n-Roll 5K / 3K walk begins at 10:30 am, stretching along the Discovery Trail starting and ending at the group shell.
At the free event, anyone can walk for someone they know whose life has been affected by multiple sclerosis.
The profits will be split between two groups. The Bob Finch Memorial Fund (The Finch Fund), a non-profit organization that provides resources to local MS victims to help them pay for home modifications, adaptive equipment and assistive technologies designed to enable them to maintain their independence and quality of life. Since its inception in 2018, the Finch Fund has funded more than $ 29,000 for projects supporting local victims of MS.
The National MS Society-Upper Midwest Chapter is a 75-year-old nonprofit organization that raises funds for research, promotes awareness and education, advocates at state and national levels for legislation to improve the lives of people living with MS. In 2021, the MS Society funded a walk-in shower for a local MS victim.
The walk has donated over $ 40,000 to the National MS Society – Upper Midwest Chapter since 2015.
Fier told Local 4 News that MS is a disease of the central nervous system that scrambles signals in the brain as well as signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. The nature and severity of symptoms for a given person are unpredictable, but can range from debilitating fatigue to blindness, problems with cognition, “and even, as in my case, complete disability,” he said. .
More than a million Americans have been diagnosed with MS, he said.
Proud encourages anyone who knows someone with MS who needs help or who needs help themselves to visit The Finch Fund website.