Jo Herring was this year’s Honorary Chair of the Tulsa MS Walk, a three-mile walk fundraising event held in April at Temple Israel for the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
A recently retired employee with the MS Society’s Oklahoma Chapter, Herring worked for 14 years making a difference in the lives of Oklahomans with MS with her positive outlook and constant reassurance. Herring helped raise more than $5 million dollars for the Oklahoma Chapter during her tenure, through her efforts in the Oklahoma MS Walks and the MS150 Bike Tour.
Herring’s most recent goal was to inspire more than 1,000 walkers to participate in this year’s walk, challenging volunteers to lend their time and talents and recruiting local businesses to step to the plate and help raise $115,000 to help the 21,000 Oklahomans with MS. She joined more than two million friends and supporters across the country that help the National MS Society carry out its mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.
“Jo Herring has accepted this year’s challenge with enthusiasm and perspective. She is truly an asset to the Tulsa MS Walk,” said Paula Cortner, chapter president. “We were so pleased to name her as the 2006 Tulsa MS Walk Honorary Chair.”
“The MS Walk is a wonderful community event and I appreciated contributing as a volunteer and honorary chair,” said Jo Herring. “ I have been honored to help serve in the mighty battle against MS for 14 years, and I look forward to a day when there is a cure for MS.”
Each spring nearly 200,000 people at over 600 sites participate in the MS Walk. Last year, chapters in each of the 50 states contributed to the $40 million raised to help the National MS Society continue its MS programs, research, and professional education.
Thanks to significant advances in research, the FDA has approved several treatments that may alter the underlying disease course of multiple sclerosis.
People with MS should consult their doctors about using one of the FDA-approved medications and other effective treatments for the symptoms of MS.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable, neurological disease. MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, and problems with memory, paralysis, and blindness. These problems may be permanent, or they may come and go.
Since its founding in 1946, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been the leading provider of programs for people with MS and their families and friends. Local chapters enable the Society to help meet the needs of Americans living with MS.
For more information or to register for the Tulsa MS Walk or for information about Chapter programs, call 1-800-FIGHT MS, or visit the website at nationalmssociety.org/oke.