Helping Works

Take the steps or raise a glass this weekend to end MS

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an unpredictable “disease of the central nervous system, affecting the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord.”

Although a challenge to diagnose, with neurological symptoms similar to those of other medical issues, MS is the “most common disabling neurological disease of young adults,” according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

A new study funded by the National MS Society has confirmed that nearly one million people are living with MS in the United States. In Idaho, 1 in 300 are living with the disease.

This weekend, join passionate individuals who are coming together for a common goal: to create a world free of MS.

Be a part of an experience that truly honors the phrase, “There is strength in numbers.”

Put a Cork in MS is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at CW Penthouse at C.W. Moore Plaza, 250 S. 5th St., Boise.

From a rooftop setting, taste local beer and wine from Telaya Wine Co., Sawtooth Winery, Lost Grove Brewing, White Dog Brewing, Zhoo Zhoo and more.

There will also be an auction, raffles and music by Wayne White.

The fundraiser, hosted by Chef Zee’s nonprofit Corks 4 A Cure, benefits the National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter’s Walk MS: Treasure Valley.

Tickets are $25 and include eight beer/wine tastings, appetizers and one raffle ticket.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for details and a ticket link.

Walk MS: Treasure Valley is at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

The event is open to all ages with 1-mile and 3-mile routes available.

The walk is free; however, participants are encouraged to make a fundraising commitment to help with research and support programs and services for those affected by MS.

Score a Walk MS T-shirt by raising $100.

Registration and more information at and Facebook.

After the walk, stick around for the MS Beer Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park.

Enjoy beer and cider pours from Bella Brewing, Boise Brewing, County Line Brewing, Laughing Dog Brewing and many others — each pouring two taps.

There will also be music, games, raffle prizes, and grub from Mad Mac and Coned food trucks.

The event benefits the National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter.

Pay $20 and get a cup and six tokens for samples; additional tokens available for purchase.

The complete list of participating breweries and other details are available on Facebook.

Michelle Jenkins compiles event calendars, archives and writes a Helping Works column for the Idaho Statesman. She attended Boise State University and grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho.