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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 18, 2012

Northwest public relations students plan April 21 Maryville MS Walk

Northwest Missouri State University students are hoping to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis – known as the No. 1 disabling disease among young adults in the United States – when they sponsor the Maryville MS Walk Saturday, April 21. 

The walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lamkin Activity Center and will continue on a route through the Northwest campus.

On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Individual walkers and teams also may sign up online at, or by clicking here.

While MS walks occur each spring throughout the United States, the Maryville MS Walk is being coordinated by a group of Northwest students as part of a trimester-long project in Dr. Dave Shadinger’s public relations practicum class. The students are responsible for the planning and preparation of the event as well as carrying out their plan on the day of the event.

MS is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that occurs when the immune system incorrectly attacks a person’s healthy tissue. MS can cause loss of balance, poor coordination, extreme fatigue, memory problems and other conditions. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, an estimated 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed, with most between the ages of 20 and 50.

For more information about MS, visit

For more information about the Maryville MS Walk, contact Erica Kiehnhoff, senior community development manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid America Chapter, at or 816.396.0320.

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