Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease for which there is no cure yet. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimates that more than 2.5 million people around the world have multiple sclerosis. And 400,000 of those cases are in the United States alone.
Believing that all their efforts would bring the world a step closer to finding a cure, on April 4, 2016, the members of the Church of God in Maryland participated in the Annapolis, Maryland MS Walk. The walk began and ended at the Naval-Marine Corps Stadium where the Maryland Church of God volunteers tirelessly cheered on the walkers and runners, encouraging them to finish the race.
“Whenever I see the yellow shirts, I feel comforted,” said one of the runners. She had previously seen Church of God volunteers cheering at other events. And the volunteers’ cheering left a lasting impression on her.
But Church of God volunteers weren’t just there to cheer. Their work started well before sunrise. They set up tables, prepared drinks and snacks, and prepared to register more than a thousand participants. And this effort moved the runners to even join in on their cheers.
The volunteers’ level of commitment and attention to detail also impressed the event managers. They noted that the Church of God was by far the best group they have worked with for such an event.
“Through the MS Walk, I was happy to cheer on many people suffering from the daily challenges of multiple sclerosis. My fondest memory was congratulating the walkers at the finish line, with uplifting songs and cheers. It was a fulfilling day for everyone there,” said one if the participating church volunteers.
The Maryland Church of God has volunteered at several MS walks in the past. And, volunteers hope to continue participating in the mission to find a cure for MS in the near future.