‘Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis’ Hosts 5K

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Sarah Sabatke – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis (RAMS) held its first 5K fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Stephens Lake Park.

The student-run organization has existed at MU since 1993 and has held annual fundraising events for over twenty years. This is the first year a 5K was held, in an effort to reach out to the community and get as maybe people from Columbia and surrounding areas involved as possible.

Despite the beautiful weather, many participants were surprised by the impressive turnout.

“The turnout was fantastic,”said RAMS advisor Mahir Khan. “We had about 500 people register today and I think we have almost 400 people here running, which is incredible considering this is the first time we’ve ever done it. And considering it’s the first weekend of February, this is fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout.”

Runners participated to support those with multiple sclerosis, and many community members affected by the disease cheered them on.

“I came out today because I have MS,” said Columbia resident Kim Williams.  “RAMS is an awesome organization doing great things to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Institute and the MS Institute has benefitted me personally in more ways than I can count. I wanted to support them and support the people who are running.”

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and unpredictable disease in the central nervous system, and can cause a variety of symptoms. RAMS uses events like the 5K to fundraise and help improve the quality of life for people living with multiple sclerosis in Mid-Missouri.

 

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