West Milford MS fundraiser at it again with Walk MS 2018

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  • PHOTO COURTESY OF L. Wright Lindsay Wright and her brother Chris Wight, both diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, are dedicated fundraisers for research to find a cure for the disease.

By Ann Genader

— Ten years ago when Lyndsay Wright of West Milford was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) she dedicated herself to obtaining funding for medical research to find a cure to wipe out the disease.

She’s again reaching out to supporters to participate in Walk MS 2018 on Sunday, April 29 at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park. The walk begins at 9 a.m.

In an email to her supporters, she said their support through her journey with MS has been greatly appreciated. This year represents her 10 year “diagnos-a-versary” as she calls it.

“It is hard to believe that 10 years ago I was being told I have Multiple Sclerosis,” Wright said. “As the years went on, it became less scary to me and more of a mission to make sure no one ever has to hear the words ‘You have MS’ again! Unfortunately, my brother (Chris Wright) had to hear those words two years ago. Our mission still stands and we will win!”

Wright noted there has been a lot of advancement in medication over the years. She credits commitment of her supporters in helping her raise funds as a contributing factor.

“I have set a pretty ambitious goal of $10,000 this year to honor my ten years of kicking this disease’s butt!” she said in her email. “I’m looking to rally as many of my past troops as possible to walk with me. I encourage you to invite your friends and family as well!”

Lyndsay Wright was honored for her efforts by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Passaic County Council on Disability with an award at the fifth Annual Champion of Disabilities Awards Celebration in May 2016.

The committee found Wright, then 26, to have significantly advanced the cause of people with disabilities by being a model of perseverance and spearheading efforts as a volunteer in raising funds to help find a cure for MS.

That year her 50-member team in the annual walk at Peck Park raised $12,450, putting them in the fourth place spot in the top fund-raising teams in the walk.

It broke their previous year’s fundraising effort by about $5,000.

To register for the walk go to: main.nationalmssociety.org/site TR/Walk/NJMWalkEvents?px=15808535&pg=personal&fr_id=29366.

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