UNM Title V Director Jennifer Gomez-Chavez is captain of the Lobos for Cure, the UNM team taking part in Walk MS: Albuquerque 2011, one of 600 walk events taking place this year to raise awareness and find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Gomez-Chavez has MS.

The walk is set for Saturday, April 16 at Tiguex Park, Old Town, with registration and check-in at 8 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m.

"Joining the movement with hundreds of thousands of people across the country is an experience like no other. We walk together to make a powerful statement, and to keep moving toward a cure. Form or join a team, raise funds and walk to help people affected by MS. Each step you take brings us closer to a world free of MS," Gomez-Chavez said.

Participants can enjoy free food and entertainment before and after the event. Registration for the Walk is free and there is no minimum pledge, but the average participant raises $225. It's easy to beat the average with our online tools and fundraising information. The Lobos for Cure team has set a goal of $2,500. Join the team or donate to it.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that affects 400,000 Americans and 2.5 million people worldwide.

"MS stops people from moving, but we're taking steps to stop MS," Gomez-Chavez said.

"We've formed a team for the Walk MS to help drive breakthrough research and vital programs provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Society funds more MS research than any other private organization and offers much-needed programs and services to everyone affected by this disease," Gomez-Chavez said.

She added, "We're making strides to help those with MS and so can you. Join our team as a walker or a volunteer. Make a donation online. Send in a check. You can make a difference. Please join us and take that first step toward helping families with MS who need us."

For more on MS, read about Dr. Corey Ford, UNM MS doctor.

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu