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Rallying against MS

“My MS Camino” is a very special pilgrimage through Spain by a very special individual, Niagara Falls resident Loretto Thompson.

For those unfamiliar with the Camino de Santiago (in English, “The Way of St. James”) it is a 160k pilgrimage to the resting place of the Apostle St. James. In this case, the walk will take place over a ten-day period beginning on October 23. Rally for the Rapids is a fundraiser designed to make Thompson’s trek a reality and to support the fight against MS.

The rally will take place at Niagara Falls' Rapids Theatre on July 16. Starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 10, the fundraiser will include music by True Gravity and That Big Fun, along with, food, a local artist silent auction, raffles, and prizes.

Thompson was diagnosed with MS in 2001, and to celebrate ten years in remission, she is working to raise $25,000 for the National MS Society (National Multiple Sclerosis Society/NMSS). Approximately 400,000 Americans have MS, with 200 more diagnosed every week, and at least one person every hour. Worldwide MS affects an estimated amount of 2.1 million people. The significance of Thompson’s $25,000 goal is that it is the amount of money it costs for one year of therapy for one person living with MS.

The requested ticket donation amount is $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds from the tickets going directly to NMSS. Those under the age of twelve will be admitted for free. For more information or to donate, visit www.myMScamino.org.


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