Two thousand Utahns set a new state walking record April 18.
Although organizers of the MS Walk, held at six sites throughout the state last Saturday, expected to exceed their goal of raising $85,000, the final tallies pleased them greatly."We are absolutely thrilled with the success of this year's MS Walk," said Tami Featherstone, president of the Utah Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The event raised $110,000, according to a news release, breaking the previous record of $69,000, set in 1997. Approximately 60 percent of that money remains in Utah for research and medical assistance for MS patients.
Nationwide, the MS Walk raised nearly $21 million. Walks were held at 650 different sites, with more than 200,000 walkers participating.
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