MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of people started their Sunday with a long walk, a walk that raised money for a great cause.

Walk MS: Twin Cities brought folks together at Minnehaha Park on Sunday morning. It raised nearly $900,000 for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Walkers chose between a 1.5 or 6.5-mile scenic route along the river with snacks and a finish-line celebration. MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause anything from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

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Many people at Sunday’s walk have been personally touched by the disease, and are hoping for a cure.

“My cousin suffers every day, you know. She’s always at the doctor and my cousin Joel is in a wheelchair,” Terri Anderson of River Falls, Wis., said. “You know, it’s a debilitating disease that really needs more help to put it into remission longer.”

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This walk at Minnehaha Park was just one of 14 different Walk MS events being held across the state this weekend.