Driving along 400 South, near Washington Square, you probably saw all the small orange flags covering the lawn in front of the Salt Lake City and County Building this week. Altogether, it's 4,600 flags—one for every Utahn helped by the National MS Society.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that destroys connections between the brain and the rest of the body, limiting movement. More than 2.1 million people are affected by MS worldwide, and the National MS Society is getting the word out. The flags are just one way they are doing it for MS Awareness Week.
Volunteers place the flags along 400 South.
The Society is working with local businesses to put up banner boards or marquees about MS, and locals are wearing orange ribbons and clothing (orange is the signature color for multiple sclerosis). Many businesses are having days for dressing in orange.
Provo Mayor John Curtis recognizes MS Awarenes Week.
Provo Mayor John Curtis did his part by officially recognizing MS Awareness Week, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will officially recognize the week on Thursday, March 14.
And local teams are gearing up for outdoor MS events, Walk MS Salt Lake City (April 27) and Bike MS: Harmons best Dam Bike Ride (June 29–30), are hosting fundraisers to support their teams this week. Join team The Knights of Limpsalot at Mestizo Coffee House on March 12 at 6 p.m., Gates' Gears at Wendy's (500 South in Bountiful) on March 13 at 5 p.m. and Help Momma Bowlathon at Delton Lanes on March 16.
A Walk MS info night will be held at the Chapter Offices in Salt Lake City on March 13 at 4:30 p.m.