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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
An event to celebrate Halloween and raise money for Multiple Sclerosis was held on Saturday.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and "Join the Movement" at Walk MS: Bakersfield 2012 was held at Yokuts Park Saturday, October 27.
Participants were presented with Halloween festivities, and helped an event that raised money for direct services to help people with MS and their families in Kern County, along with cutting-edge MS research.
1,200 walkers are expected to join Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Sen. Jean Fuller, Assm. David Valadao, Assm. Shannon Groves, Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall, and other guests at Yokuts Park.
Walkers and runners followed either a 1.5-mile or 3-mile stroll along the Kern River Bike Path. Halloween-themed events were placed along the route and at the finish line back at Yokuts Park, where participants and volunteers were treated with lunch by Santa Barbara Pizza & Chicken, RJ's Bar & Grill, and Rubio's. The festival area also had live entertainment by the band No Limit, massage therapists, an opportunity drawing with great prizes such as admission to SeaWorld and boat cruises in San Francisco, a kids block with games and a cake walk, costume contest and other awards.
This is the 12th consecutive year the Southern California & Nevada Chapter has held Walk MS in Bakersfield.
"With this growing support, I know we are so close to finding a cure for this chronic disease," says Kim Kotrla, Director for the San Joaquin Valley Region. "To help us get closer to a world free of MS, we would truly be grateful to anyone who can help us in any way, whether it be as a volunteer, walker, or donor."