Getting ready for the Walk MS: Austin event at the Dell Diamond requires some heavy lifting. Some help out because Multiple Sclerosis has impacted their lives.
"My mom passed away from MS a year ago," Sheena Shive said.
Next weekend, Shive will get married. She wishes her mom could be there, but at the same time, she's glad to have this support.
"It's a struggle, but this is one of the ways we found to kind of celebrate her life and to be able to have her be near to us," Shive said.
The event is also about celebrating people living with MS, an immune system attack on the central nervous system.
"MS is something you have to live with and I'm reminded regularly that I still have MS,” said John Hamlet. “I'm on treatments every day, I see my doctor every year. When I look at the activity on my brain scans it really is still there. There's still activity, but I don't have the physical symptoms."
Hamlet says he makes it his mission to show people you can live with the disease. That’s also why many patients came out to the Dell Diamond on Sunday.
"It's about a friend or a family member that has this disease, and what's important to folks living with the disease is having that encouragement,” Scott Thacker, a supporter, said. “Having people supporting you, that's what this is about. Having fun, showing we love each other, and supporting our community."
More than 500 people showed that love and support. Some wore costumes and did some trick or treating.
"I think it's just a way to look at something very tragic in a positive way and get all your family members involved," Shive said.
The walk was a group effort to stay educated, raise money and help others cope with the disease...
Participants raised almost $90,000. The goal is $125,000.
Since the event began in 1988, walkers have raised more than $10 million.