GVSU Students Walk From TC to Grand Rapids to Raise Money for Multiple Sclerosis

A group of college students are racking up the miles for their spring break on their feet.

They’re making a 160 mile journey for multiple sclerosis.

Twenty students from Grand Valley State University started their walk Friday morning in Traverse City.

They will tack on 20 miles a day as they hike to Grand Rapids.

This is the 6th year the “Walk Hard” organization from GVSU has done this and, in the process, raised $200,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s Michigan chapter.

M.S. is a chronic neurological disease which impacts between 300,000 and 400,000 people in the U.S.

While the condition impacts everyone differently, a lot of times people diagnosed with M.S. end up struggling with tremors, fatigue and muscle control.

“We picked M.S. because one of the guys who founded the event had his mother had M.S. at the time so we just kind of, everyone, backed up the brotherhood aspect and helped him,” said Jordan Ruggeri, support team leader.

The group is sleeping in churches along the way and people have donated their meals.

The goal this year is to pull in $50,000.

If you’re interested in donating, click here.

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