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NILES, Ohio - The theme of this year's Walk MS is "Make a Connection," and that's what people living the disease were doing with their loved ones at this special walk in Niles.

Hundreds of people gather outside of Eastwood Field on Saturday morning sharing hope and support at the WFMJ-sponsored walk for multiple sclerosis.

"This walk helps raise awareness, raise funds and also helps with research to stop this disease," says Madonna Chism Pinkard, WFMJ Community Relations Director.

Chism Pinkard lives with multiple sclerosis.

"Some days I can up and I'm doing great. Other days, I can't get up at all," says Chism Pinkard.

The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosted this year's Walk MS.

Kayla Sine of Canfield has recruited her cousins to be on her team.

"I'm walking because my mom has MS. I'm team captain, and they're walking because that's their aunt and they want to support her," Sine says.

Tina Sine was diagnosed 13 years ago.

"I've been on the same medication since I've been diagnosed, but there has been many new medications now. There's a pill, and the money is so important for that fact and keeping people healthy and active," says Tina Sine.

Nicki Vavlas came all the way from Florida to walk. Her family, who is from the Valley, joined her in support. 

"I was diagnosed in 1999. I am 47 years old and there's nothing more inspirational than to see someone take one step at a time. There's no need to sit back, there's no need to feel miserable about yourself. It's about going forward," says Vavlas.

More than 20,000 Ohioans are affected by multiple sclerosis. Symptoms range from fatigue, numbness and weakness to total paralysis.

This event hopes to raise at least $10,000.

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