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Monsters Run Through Cemetery To Raise Money For Multiple Sclerosis

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Rochester: Monsters Run Through Cemetery To Raise Money For Multiple Sclerosis
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Around 700 people took to the trails in Mount Hope Cemetery on Sunday in costumes.

"Who wouldn't want to dress up and run around an old cemetery," said Matt Perkins, Rochester Resident.

"It made sense to have it in a cemetery and to have it Halloween theme," said Kendra Chamberlain, Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate Chapter Campaign Manager.

Monster Scramble is a 5k, 10k, and one mile stroll where kids can trick-or-treat. This character filled event is a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis.

"Sometimes Multiple Sclerosis can be referred to as the Monster because it is just a disease that seems to come out of no where and it can take on many faces and many forms," said Chamberlain.

And residents accepted the challenge. They showed up in costumes of all kinds.

"We are a cave man and woman and he's beating me the whole way," said Sandy Rosengrant, Churchville Resident.

"I'm dressed up as Scooby Doo," said Braden DuBois, Webster Resident.

Chamberlain said during the year there are many walks or bike rides to raise money for MS, but participants in those usually know someone who is affected. She said she wanted this event to be different and bring out anyone to support the cause.

"We wanted to do it to help people get better if they are sick," said Scott Hoak, Greece Resident.

The event is also being held in Lake George, Buffalo and Syracuse. Organizers hope to raise around 20 thousand dollars. With all four events they hope to raise around $60 thousand.

"A large portion of the funds raised today will go towards nation wide research to find a cure and to find more drugs to help people who are living with MS," said Chamberlain. "And a lot of it will go to help people in our area and in Upstate NY who have MS by providing programs and resources for them to help them with their daily life and help them manage their disease."

Based on this years success, Chamberlain says this will become an annual event.

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