Walk to create a world free of MS!
For the third straight year, Knights from regions across the state united to participate in the 2018 MS walk. The MS Walk helps to change the lives of those battling this life-changing disease, using donations raised by volunteers to aid in funding critical research and services for those affected.
As described on the MS website, “MS is short for Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.” According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, it affects fewer than 200,000 people a year in the US. Multiple Sclerosis causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person. Some people may be symptom-free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away. MS is a treatable but incurable disease.
The So-Cal team came out strong and had a great turn out. Knighted Associates and Supervisors from the Bicycle Casino came together in Long Beach to support the cause and spend some quality time with the team! We were able to catch up with Pheng Vue, Supervisor at Bicycle Casino, who tried to rally 100 team members to attend the walk! Although we did not quite make the count, he did share with us his thoughts on Knighted’s outreach events:
“To me, Knighted Neighbors events are times when our team joins together to help create a community where people take care of one another. As Henry David Thoreau said, ‘Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.’”
The Bay Team held their walk at the beautiful Oakland Lake Merritt. The HR team and Training Department turned out and was treated to beautiful weather and a great 3.2-mile walk! We caught up with Bay Area Trainer Eric Lorono and got his take on the importance of community involvement:
“Overall, it’s about the cause. We get so wrapped up in our everyday work life and these community events give us an opportunity to get to know each other more and also spend time together. I also brought my daughter out and not only was she able to learn more about MS, she had the opportunity to be part of the outreach and spend some quality time with me.”
Sacramento had an amazing turnout with Associates and Supervisors from Lodi, Cordova, and Lotus participating in a 3-mile walk around the State Capitol. We reached out to Cordova Associate Shanon McHone to find out about what she took aware from attending the event:
“Seeing the families of people who were going through MS stood out to me. One thing I never knew before was how many people were affected by it each year. It was cool to see associates from each casino come out to represent and come together to support the cause.”
Thank you to all those who attended the walks and donated to the cause. Your hard work and efforts are much appreciated and you all represent the core values of Knighted Neighbors. Be proud!