April 5, 2005
Saguaro High School senior Steffanie Wynn knows that in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis, "We come one step closer each and every day."
On Saturday, the Scottsdale teenager and about 3,000 others will wear that message on their T-shirts in the 17th annual "Walk on the Wild Side" event, a 5K walk to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The walk is staged each year by Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
In February, Wynn won a Tshirt design contest that also helped identify a theme for the 5K fundraiser. Wynn will receive $250 for her idea from the event’s sponsor, AIG Insurance.
The 5K walk will begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Salt River Project building, 1600 N. Priest Drive, make a loop through the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden and end up back at SRP.
Chris Uithoven, president of the Arizona Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, said organizers hope to raise $290,000.
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease affecting the brain, spinal column and optic nerves, usually diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 50, Uithoven said.
Tempe resident Carol Coon, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about eight years ago, has participated in about five of the walks and this year will help at the registration table.
"We have a team of 25. Some are family members, others are teens who enjoy a day in the park," Coon said. "They’re just a bunch of people who want to help a friend."
For information on volunteering or participating in the event, call (480) 968-2489.