Krista Schenck participated in her first MS Walk four years ago to support a co-worker with multiple sclerosis.
Since then, her sister, Renae Dove, has organized it so Craig Middle School staff and their friends and family to join in the annual walk. This year, the group, which has grown to 38 members, will walk Saturday in Glenwood Springs.
"It's just a showing that all these people walking know about and care about MS and want to raise money," Dove said.
The National Multiple Scler--osis Society sponsors the walk each year at 11 Colorado locations. The Craig group has participated at the Lake Dillon Reservoir location the past two years and wanted a change. So this year, the group will walk the five-mile loop in Glenwood Springs.
Craig participants range in age from 1 1/2 to 58, or "from toddler to grannie," Dove said. Schenck's husband, Rob is the sole man participating.
The group's shirts carry the message, "Live your life not by the breaths you take but by moments that take your breath away," this year.
Dove said she enjoys participating to show those with MS -- she knows five personally -- have support.
"I think everybody knows somebody who has MS," Dove said. "It's amazing how the diagnosis is booming."
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Dove said many people who have MS are otherwise healthy, making the disease difficult to detect.
"There's just so little known about it that (we need) awareness," Dove said. "It just needs to keep in the forefront of people's minds."
She and the Craig group raised about $1,000 for the 2007 MS Walk, but the group's focus is not on money, Dove said.
MC Society representatives "don't care if you don't give a dime," Dove said. "They want people out there walking. Then if you give, it's just a bonus."
But as the group grows, Dove said she hopes Craig's contributions can, too.
In future years, she plans to host fundraisers for the walk.
"I think now -- as we are a bigger and stronger team -- it's finally time to start involving more of the community," Dove said. "I think only positive things can come from it."