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THIS YEAR’S MS Walk in Monticello drew a lot of young folks. Perhaps the youngest walker was 2-year-old Ryan Park, above, who brought along his toy police car and got a ride in a stroller courtesy of Nicole Miller (convincing the youngster to smile, above). Both are from Roscoe.

Walk Raises Money
To Cure Multiple Sclerosis

By Jeanne Sager
MONTICELLO —May 4, 2004– There’s something symbolic about walking to fight multiple sclerosis.
It’s a disease that takes away your very ability to walk, limiting many of its victims to wheelchairs as it takes hold of their bodies.
So some 60 people giving up a beautiful Saturday morning to walk 6 miles is enough to bring tears to Eve Korzelius’ eyes.
Korzelius is the woman who brought the Multiple Sclerosis Society to Monticello.
She’s the one who talked the Blue Horizon Diner into providing breakfast and lunch for the walkers and other volunteers.
She talked all her friends into working the registration desk and pushed everyone else she knew to walk.
Korzelius says it’s not about her.
She says there are so many other people to thank, people like Dr. Herman Goldfarb who inspired her to ask the MS Society to start raising money in Sullivan County, people like Rose Raimond, Liz Accomando and Nancy Laterza who come out every year to help register walkers.
But this is Korzelius’ baby.
Her significant other, Sue Simon, has been battling MS for years.
Eight years ago when the first MS Walk was held in Monticello, Simon walked the entire length of the trek.
For the past few years she’s had to do the entire thing in her motorized wheelchair.
Korzelius starts the walk with her. She makes sure Susie gets across busy Route 42 and helps fellow walkers lift her chair onto the sidewalk.
Then she wishes her well and turns back to the Blue Horizon and the registration desk, where she’ll begin tallying up walkers and how much the event will bring in.
In the first year, the Sullivan County MS Walk brought in just $400.
Last year, with about 30 walkers, the total was $15,000.
Korzelius always hopes to beat last year’s totals, but it isn’t about the money.
“The goal is to find a cure,” she said. “And I’ll do this every year until we find one.”
MS is a cause that seems to draw a lot of folks out to help.
Florence Goldfarb has been walking for a cure since before the society came to Sullivan County – she used to make the trip to Middletown to raise money for MS.
An RN on the Critical Care Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Goldfarb works with Korzelius and is familiar with Simon’s situation.
“It’s a very good cause,” Goldfarb said. “And it makes you feel good – you’re out, you’re exercising.
“It’s a wonderful, enjoyable way to raise money.”
Mickey LeConey of Kiamesha Lake was walking in honor of Susan McClarney, the head of the county’s MS Support Group.
McClarney has taken part in the walks in years past, but the disease kept her home this year.
The walk was named in her honor this year, and LeConey was walking in her stead.
“She couldn’t walk, so I said, ‘I’ll do it for you,’” LeConey explained.
With some hard work, she raised more than $1,000 in time for Saturday’s event, one of the biggest fundraisers to walk in the door.
Preliminary figures show that this walk raised at least $15,000, but more money is coming in.
For more information on donating, call the Southern Chapter of the MS Society at 914-694-1655 or visit

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