It was another stride in the battle against multiple sclerosis.
Hundreds of walkers gathered - many in orange - at Russell Joy Park in the village of Fredonia to raise funds and awareness of the disease, which touches nearly everyone who lives in Western New York. For the walkers' efforts, nearly $18,000 was raised at the event.
"I think what particularly strikes me is that Western New York boasts the second-highest rate of MS in the country, second only to the state of Washington," said state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. "A good friend of mine who has MS, while receiving a lot of medical treatment, is still involved in business and community life, which takes a tremendous amount of courage and perseverance. But also, all of these faces that have showed up in support of finding a cure and help raise money and awareness are heroes for the future. Hopefully they can lay the foundation for a better future for those who suffer from MS."
The walk may be over, but the fight for a cure continues. Residents who wish to donate can visit walkMSupstateny.org for further details.