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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 18, 2014

Northwest public relations students planning Maryville MS Walk

Northwest Missouri State University students are working  to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis – an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system – by planning Maryville’s 5K Walk MS.

The walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at the Administration Building on the Northwest campus. The route will follow a path through the Northwest campus.

Individual walkers and teams may register by clicking here. Participants also may register at the Administration Building, beginning at 8 a.m. on the day of the walk.

Participation in the walk is free, however, donations for MS research are encouraged.

The Maryville Walk MS is being organized by students in a Northwest public relations practicum class, under the instruction of Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Dave Shadinger, as part of a trimester-long project.

MS is an auto-immune disorder where the immune system attacks its own healthy tissue surrounding nerves in the brain and spinal cord. No one knows what causes MS and there is no cure, but after many years of research, there are now 10 FDA-approved treatments for MS that can reduce relapses and slow progression of the disease in many people with MS. The disease is most common in people between the ages of 20 and 50.

For more information about MS, please visit

For more information about the Maryville MS Walk, contact Melody Scofield, development manager for the Mid America Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468