Walk MS, the signature fund-raising event of the national multiple sclerosis society, is returning to the Four Rivers area this fall.

The Washington Walk MS will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Lions Lake. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

Monica Chwascinski, Marthasville, is preparing for her fist year as chair of the Washington Walk MS.

Chwascinski became involved with the National MS Society to support her niece, Jenna Chwascinski, Washington, who was diagnosed with MS in 2009, at the age of 15.

“I thought this would be a great way to meet other people whose lives had been touched by MS and also a way to get my friends involved in raising awareness of MS in my community,” she said.

Although this is Chwascinski’s third walk, it is her first as chair of the event.

Last year, more than 6,000 people in the Gateway Area Chapter participated in Walk MS and raised more than $800,000 to fund MS research, programs and services to help people with MS stay active, connect with others and move forward in their lives.

“I just love the way everyone comes together to show their support,” Chwascinski said. “It’s a fantastic, fun way to show others that you are taking a stand to support those living with MS, as well as the programs and research funded by the walk. We are all here for the same reasons — to make a change for the better and stop MS in its tracks.”

For more information about Walk MS, people may visit gatewayMSwalk.org, or call 800-344-4867.