FREMONT - The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has scheduled the annual 5K NAMI Walk for 11 a.m. Saturday at Conner Park in Fremont. Walkers are asked to check in at the registration table in the Norm Fausey Shelter House at the north end of the parking lot. The Tom Rusch shelter is to be set up for refreshments, music by DJ Denny Setzler, balloon animals, face-painting and socializing. Team photos are to begin at 10:30 a.m..
The walker brochure with all the details and a form for collecting donations is online at www.namissw.org/namiwalk2012.htm. Those who turn in $100 or more in donations receive a T-shirt. The walk consists of three laps around the park, but people are welcome to walk as far as health or ability permits. Those who cannot take part in the walk are invited to cheer on the walkers from the sidelines. In the weeks after the walk, the top teams and walkers are to be singled out for recognition.
Grilled hot dogs are to be served at the finish line, compliments of Leadership Sandusky County, and the K of C Council Los Caballeros De Sandusky County is to help with preparing and serving the pre-walk coffee and refreshments.
FINDLAY- The Findlay Area Walk for multiple sclerosis is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Koehler Sports Center of the University of Findlay. Walkers can start as early as 8 a.m. and choose from one, three or five-mile routes. The opening ceremony is at 9 a.m., and all must begin the walk by 10:15. Those who have not registered can do so by calling (800) 344-4867, option 2, or they can register on walk day.
Many participants form teams to honor a person they know with MS. Team members are asked to collect pledges to be used for education, advocacy, research and local programs to enhance the quality of life for those with MS and their families. Tiffin resident Chuck Burmeister is to be one of the people with displays at the event.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. This chronic disease of the central nervous system can be disabling, but new treatments do provide hope. For more information, contact Pat of the Findlay Area MS Support Group at (419) 894-6254 or (419) 348-0172.