Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 10, 2005

Kent Confeld walks 50 miles for MS research

By Lynda Jensen

Dr. Kent Confeld of Howard Lake walked all over the Minneapolis area, ending up on the steps of the capitol, during the 3-Day 50-Mile multiple sclerosis walk recently.

Each of the first two days required Confeld to walk 20 miles. the last day of the walk, he finished up at the state capitol with 10 more miles.

The event brought together 220 walkers, who put on more than 11,000 miles and raised over $600,000 to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.

“The camaraderie and friendships developed during this three-day event are remarkable,” Confeld said.

“Emotions run high as people with the disease, more than 70 crew members, and the walkers join together in a very physical challenge in an attempt to raise funds and find a cure for this disease,” he said.

The first day, participants walked from 50th and Minnehaha Ave. S., around all five city lakes, and finished at the Jewish Community Center.

The second day consisted of a walk from St. Louis Park to downtown Minneapolis, through Loring Park, down the entire Nicollet Mall, across the stone bridge north of the University of Minnesota to the state fairgrounds, around Como Lake, finishing at Roseville High school.

“Sunday, the last day, found us doing a 10-mile walk, with all participants meeting at the James J. Hill house on Summit Ave., and marching together the last 1.2 miles to the steps of the state capitol building in St. Paul,” he said. Family and friends were waiting to congratulate each and every participant.

“I learned so much about the disease and current treatments available. The physical nature of the event, along with the emotions, were incredible. It is an experience I will relish and cherish for the rest of my life,” he said.

“I plan to walk again next year and the year after until a cure is found. There were more than 70 crew members assisting the walkers with rest stops every one and a half miles, with their luggage, and emotional support. My wife, Freda, assisted us by registering the participants as they left and reached their daily destinations. She work hard from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. each night.”

Those who wish to contribute may do so by sending donations to: MS Society of Minneapolis, 4633 Oregon Ave. North, New Hope, MN 55428.

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