Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week kicks in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Volunteers tied orange ribbons on trees in downtown Bakersfield to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis Sunday.

The Sunday morning event kicked off Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in Kern County.

“People see the orange and they’re starting to make the association,” said Christine Grontkowski, an organizer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

More than two million people suffer from the disease worldwide, including around a thousand people locally. There is no known cure.

“In order to get funding and to get people to step behind and understand that it’s a big problem they need to be aware of it,” said volunteer and Frontier High School teacher Cathy Adams.

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