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Ann Hayes, a violinist in the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, is the ambassador for this year’s local Walk MS. The walk will be held today at the Gillette Recreation-Fitness Center. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

‘We can take a bite out of MS’: Walk MS set for today at Rec Center


BEMIDJI — It took Ann Hayes three years and a seven-day hospital stay to accept her disease.

Temporarily paralyzed because of multiple sclerosis, Hayes had to call her husband and son from work and be carried from her office to the car to get the hospital.

Recovering from an infection, she spent a week in the hospital, praying her inability to use her legs or arms was temporary.

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