WASHINGTON, DC - Several University of the District of Columbia student-athletes and a few athletic department staff members participated in the Walk MS event - a 3-mile walk around the National Mall to raise money and awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, on Saturday, April 21st.
The event was organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and junior volleyball player and Miss UDC 2nd Attendent, Vanessa Garley took the lead in assembling "Team Firebirds" to participate. Team Firebirds, which consisted of several volleyball players, two volleyball coaches, a cross country runner and two athletic department staff, helped raise over $100 toward the fight to end MS.
"Part of the reason I chose this event was because my sister-in-law has the disease, and the effects it has on people are sometimes devastating," Garley said. "So I wanted to show my support by donating and walking in the event. It was a great event - a nice day outside, and an awesome location in the heart of the nation's capital."
More than 2,500 people participated in Saturday's Walk MS presented by Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C., benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's National Capital Chapter. Participants enjoyed the beautiful weather during the brand new three-mile route around the National Mall. The start and finish lines provided Capitol views as walkers returned to a crowd of cheering volunteers, music, lunch provided by Subway, and fun for everyone involved.
"The outpouring of community support for our mission was truly inspiring," said Chapter President Chris Broullire. "Funds raised will help local residents affected by multiple sclerosis as well as fund research initiatives to find a cure for the disease." Walk MS is expected to raise $1.4 million between six sites in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Photos from the event can be viewed on the chapter's Flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/nmssdc/).