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San Diego County Credit Union returns as title sponsor of 2014 Walk MS
More than 8,000 people expected to walk toward a world free of MS April 26 and 27
3/28/2014 12:00 a.m.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., (March 28, 2014) -- San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego’s largest locally owned financial institution, will return as the title sponsor of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s 2014 San Diego County Credit Union Walk MSSM, to be held in San Diego on April 26 and 27.
“We are proud to participate in such inspirational Walk MS events that celebrate the power of a community coming together in a movement toward a world free of multiple sclerosis,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck. “Team SDCCU, a volunteer group made up of our employees, customers and friends, are eager and ready to step out in the fight against MS.”
SDCCU has supported Walk MS for over 15 years and has served as title sponsor since 2002. Last year, SDCCU was recognized for exceeding the $1 million mark in funds raised for the National MS Society. The two 2014 Walk MS events in San Diego will raise donations to benefit research, services and programs for people with MS.
The first SDCCU Walk MS will be held on Saturday morning, April 26 at NTC Park at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area, where more than 4,000 people are expected to walk a three-mile route along San Diego Bay. A second San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS will be held on Sunday morning, April 27 at the LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad. There, more than 4,000 people are expected to walk a 1.5-mile route through LEGOLAND® California Resort. Both events combined are targeted to raise more than $1 million in donations.
Now in its 24th year in San Diego, Walk MS events are known for drawing a large number of teams representing businesses, neighborhoods, clubs, community groups, churches and family members and friends of a person with MS. Many teams participate by selecting a team name and outfitting their members with costumes, including T-shirts, hats or balloons.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter serves more than 51,500 people affected by MS living in San Diego, Orange and Imperial counties, as well as the Hawaiian islands. Affecting more than 2.3 million people worldwide, MS is an unpredictable neurological disease that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, as well as blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue and cognitive deficits. These symptoms might be permanent, or they might come and go. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 children under the age of 18 also live with MS. Two to three times more women than men are diagnosed with the disease. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU has assets of $6.4 billion, more than 262,000 customers, more than 30 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-FREE ATMs. From FREE Checking with eStatements and SDCCU Mobile Deposit, to home and auto loans, Visa® credit cards, money market accounts and business banking services, including commercial real estate loans. SDCCU provides breakthrough banking products that meet the demands of today’s lifestyle and delivers banking services that save customers money. Federally insured by NCUA and is an equal housing lender. For more information, visit www.sdccu.com.