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Thousands show up to walk for MS research, awareness

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Despite some early rain, more than 2,500 people showed up at Sporting Park to Walk MS.

It was Ronda Sirkovic's 15th walk.

"My mom started the team back in 1998 when I had my first symptom of optic neuritis in my eye. I was fully diagnosed in 1999," Sirkovic said.

She hopes to raise awareness of the disease you probably wouldn't notice she has.

"It's not like cancer where you go get chemo and lose your hair, people just don't know. But there's a lot going on on the inside. I can't see things, can't feel my feet or right hand today, but still moving forward looking for a cure," Sirkovic said.

The walk raised money for multiple sclerosis research and also provided support for people like Ashley Martin, who is living with the disease.

"Just diagnosed in 2011, so it's our first of many walks to come," Martin said.

But as one team name suggests with their T-shirts displaying the words "Too much fun" Saturday is also about having fun.

"I think attitude is 95 percent of everything. That's what you need to get going every day. Live everyday like it's your last and have fun," Martin said.

Nick Edwards was there for is mom Lori.

"This is our third year walking. She was diagnosed with MS in 2007, then in 2011 she was diagnosed with Leukemia. This walk really helps people get the word out about the cause," he said.

Edwards and about 80 friends and teachers from Blue Valley Southwest walked three miles for Momma Edwards.

"I'm very proud of him, he's put in a lot of work. I know the kids and teachers and families, they are the best, they're what gets us through," his mother, Lori Edwards, said.

Saturday's event raised more than $300,000 for MS support and researching a cure.

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