, Newburyport, MA


April 8, 2011

Health Beat: MS walk set for Saturday

The community is encouraged to take part in Walk MS tomorrow.

Walkers follow a 5-mile route that begins and ends at Market Landing and includes a stretch through Cashman Park along the riverfront, plus two rest stops with snacks, beverages and restrooms.

Organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the walk is intended to increase awareness of multiple sclerosis and to raise money to help individuals and families affected by MS, while also funding research leading to the prevention, treatment and cure of the disease.

Check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the official start is 10 a.m. Each walker, age 12 and older, is required to raise at least $25.

T-shirts are awarded for at least $100 in fundraising, but historically, walkers easily average more than $200.

Teams and individuals can register to walk by visiting or by calling 1-800-344-4867, opt. 2, and in person on the day of the walk. Volunteers are also invited to man the registration table, rest stops and help with lunch.

Donations in support of walkers and teams may be made online, at Click on the Donate/ePledge link, select Massachusetts, Newburyport Walk MS and enter the name of the individual or team you want to support.

Asperger support group meets Monday

The Asperger Syndrome Support Group will meet on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Higgins Conference Room of Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

The guest speaker will be Jonathan Stevens, M.D. Stevens will talk about medications commonly used in children and adolescents with Asperger's.

This support group addresses the concerns of parents of school-aged children diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, high-functioning autism, or related challenges. Meetings are free, open to the public and serve families from all neighboring communities.

The group is sponsored by the Asperger's Association of New England.

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