ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Hundreds of like-minded people had the opportunity to band together to tackle multiple sclerosis at the 30th annual Walk MS event.
"My mother had MS, my aunt has MS, and I have MS, so it's very important to me because it's very close to my heart," said Christine Gillette, chairman of Walk.
Christine Gillette was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 16 years ago, but she can not be restrained.
"MS affects our immune system, it's an autoimmune disease and basically what MS, if you have MS, the body thinks that the protective layer to our nervous system is foreign, so it attacks and eats it away," said Gillette.
MS has many different physical abilities, so it can be hidden from the eye.
"I was in a wheelchair the first time I was diagnosed, I'm not in a wheelchair now, people tell me everything" Oh, Christine, you do not look like you have MS, "and I thank you But that's the hidden disease, "Gillette said.
Gillette is the chair of the Walk MS events fundraising, trying to find a cure for MS. Gary and Karen Pack went with dozens of others in a team called Amy's Awesome Alliance to support their daughter Amy, who fights MS.
"Last year, they raised $ 1
"We know what they are going through, and we know the concerns they have and as parents we have to be behind the scenes and help as much as we can and just support our children and those with MS," said the pack.
"People can just come out and realize that they are not alone and that's the point. It's about coming together as a community and realizing that MS, okay, yes, we can have it, but it will not control me. "Gillette
Last year, Walk MS generated over $ 2.7 million and leads the movement as one of the top Walk MS events in the nation. "Money raised Sunday supports many programs and services for over 20,000 people in Illinois who are suffering from multiple sclerosis.