More than 350 Villagers took a collective, critical step to ending the debilitating illness of Multiple Sclerosis by participating in the Walk MS, Saturday morning at The Villages Polo Fields.
The amount raised from the annual fund raiser has not yet been determined.
“We will continue to receive donations during the next several months,” said Steve Berkovitz, who has been chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Village People for the past 11 years. “Last year, we raised $74,000 – $17,000 more than 2016. For each of the past five years, we increased collections by $10,000.
“Our clinical team is filling a ‘critical vacuum in patient care, research, outreach, and education in Multiple Sclerosis in Florida, said neurologist Trisham Gyang, who was introducing the new initiatives. “We offer integrated, multidisciplinary care for patients with MS as well as several other neurological diagnoses.”
Within the next two years, UF estimates that it will annually provide care to 3,000 patients.