DETROIT  (WWJ) – More than 1,000 people took part in the Multiple Sclerosis walk in downtown Detroit. Among them, Lori Perna  of Farmington Hills, who was diagnosed with MS in 2001 at the age of 47.

“My mobility is suffering a little more and more, unfortunately, and then my cognition – a lot of people don’t understand that with MS a lot of us suffer with our cognitive skills. I work very hard to keep my mind as active and at work as possible,” said Perna.

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President of the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Elana Sullivan – says Michigan has a high incidence rate and the money raised goes toward research.

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“Some of the best research in the world is happening right here at Wayne State University which is very exciting for us, but I do believe, based on what I have heard that there will be a cure for MS in our lifetime,” said Sullivan.

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Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, affecting over 1,800 people in Michigan. Sunday’s “walk” participants hope to raise over $200,000  for research for a cure.