FRONTENAC — In an effort to fight multiple sclerosis, the Southeast Kansas-based Hope for MS Foundation is primed to host its annual event in Frontenac.
“Move and Shake for MS” will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Frontenac High School gym at 201 South Crawford. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 during the day of the event, with registration set to open at 9 a.m. T-shirts will be available at the event for $10 and participants are encouraged to raise money for the cause.
The foundation will conduct a “zumbathon,” along with face painting, a silent auction, and door prizes. Approximately 10 vendors will offer a variety of services, including chair massages, Piece of Cake Nutrition shakes, and skin care products.
According to Gina Peak, Hope for MS Foundation member, the funds raised at the event will remain in the four-state area and will be used to provide patient grants to those living with MS.
Peak herself was diagnosed with MS in 2004, which led her and others in the local area to form the foundation.
“It can be a very debilitating disease,” she said. “Research has come up with some decent medications for delayed progression, but a cure has not been found and nobody knows what causes it.”
2018 marks the sixth year for the “Move and Shake” event, and Peak said she mostly looks forward to seeing the people who come out each year to support the cause.
“A lot of times it’s the same people who have a connection to the disease, so I enjoy seeing who all comes out to the event,” she said. “What I really look forward to is not needing to have the event anymore because it means they know what causes MS and what can be done for it.”
Given that the event will take place in a high school gym, Peak aims to create a child-friendly atmosphere.
“By the time we get to the event it’s almost like a celebration when we get there,” Peak said. “We’ve been working toward this for several months and we’re all like ‘let’s just go have a bit of fun now.’”
For more information, visit the Hope for MS Foundation Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HopeforMSFoundation/.
— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.