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Walk for MS brings out more than 200

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- After a 5-kilometer walk to raise money for multiple sclerosis research, the music played and people generally enjoyed themselves downtown on Front Street.

The MS Walk put about 200 people from businesses, community groups and friends and family members downtown for the walk. This was probably a first time for the downtown location.

"We usually hold it at Darton College, but due to scheduling we couldn't," said Collette Jenkins, walk coordinator for the past four years. "City Councilman Christopher Pike offered to help us move it downtown."

The Albany walk was one of three held in Georgia on Saturday, said Jared Wooster Miley, the state National Multiple Sclerosis Society representative at the welcome center, 112 N. Front St. The others were held in Columbus and Augusta.

"We'll have nine walks this month," Miley said. "This one really turned out well. We won't know how much we raised until November, but our state goal is to have 5,500 people walk and raise $700,000. It could be tough in this economy."

Donations can still be made until November, Miley said. Information is available at the website walkMSgeorgia.org.