This week is National Multiple Sclerosis Week.
In Colorado and Wyoming, 1 in every 420 people are living with the disease, and it's a diagnosis that not many talk about.
Officials say it needs to be talked about and there needs to be more education for the types of services offered, especially here on the Western Slope.
Tricia Williams, with the national MS Society's Colorado and Wyoming chapter, says here on the Western Slope they offer programs surrounding health, fitness, well-being, and financing for those who suffer from the disease.
"You know, multiple sclerosis is kind of one of those diseases that everyone knows somebody that has it, but nobody really talks about it. It doesn't get a lot of recognition. We are trying to build awareness about this disease and how it affects people, and who's living with it and what we can do to help them," Williams explained.
The chapter is currently preparing for the Walk MS event coming up this May.
It will take place Saturday May 4th at Canyon View Park, and is sponsored in part by KJCT News 8.
If you'd like to participate or volunteer, visit http://www.walkmscolorado.org/