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Damien Memorial Ohana Raises Money for MS Research

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By Stephen Florino

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Multiple sclerosis affects more than 400,000 people across the US. Hundreds here in Honolulu helped in the fight to find a cure, including one woman we told you about Friday.

She's not letting the disease stop her. and she's getting a lot of help.

It was an early morning for Dior Andrade and the rest of her Damien Memorial family, starting with a brisk walk around Ala Moana beach park.

"Very tired," said Andrade. "I didn't know it was this long."

Long, but worthwhile. It's the annual Walk MS -- a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis society's Hawaii division.

"This year, we had a really great turnout," said Diana Su, developmental coordinator for the Hawaii division. "About 700 people showed up. and this year, we raised about, close to, almost $100,000."

Money raised goes towards MS research, and programs and services for patients. Like Dior, who was diagnosed last October.

She's the big sis to the Monarch baseball and cheerleading teams. Both squads walked to support her.

"It feels good cause they're not only helping me," said Andrade. "They're helping out the other people diagnosed with ms as well."

"To help out a part of the family at Damien High School, I'm honored to have these young men do this for us," said Doug Andrade, Dior's father.

Dior will now say thanks the only way she knows how -- she'll watch the Monarchs play in the same place she is for every game.

"In the stands, right behind the team, cheering them on," she said.

"I told them play a good game, and dedicate that game to me."

Dior's group included more than 90 family and friends. They raised about $1,500.

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