It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon as I cranked up the tunes and broadcasted live from the MS Society’s Walk MS at Shattuck-St. Mary’s soccer field in Faribault. Participants had their choice of two walking routes to chose from, including a scenic 5K walk throughout the campus grounds or a leisurely stroll around the soccer field. The money raised during yesterday’s event helps to pay for life-changing services for people affected by multiple sclerosis and to cover the costs of cutting-edge research.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. While the cause of MS is unknown, scientists are working every day toward a cure and, with the donations from yesterday's walk, they'll hopefully find one soon. Multiple sclerosis is typically diagnosed between the ages of of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.

Food and refreshments were provided by Carbone's in Northfield, Kwik Trip and Hy-Vee in Faribault. For a $2 donation, walkers were given a chance to paint their name on the Elko Speedway Bus, which will be raced this summer during an Eve of Destruction event. Russell Franek performed a few acoustic sets throughout the afternoon in the registration area and, to tell you the truth, I would've liked to kicked back and listened to him, as his music was the perfect complement to a sunny afternoon.

I really enjoy being a part of this annual event and seeing a lot of friends coming out to support the MS Society. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year's walk, along with all the volunteers, and I'll see you all next year!