Strengthening the connection

Making the connection was the theme of the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, Sunset Stroll, Saturday at the Kapaa Beach Park.

“I’m the first one to finish,” said Eli Merkel, the 11-year-old son of Lance and Laranda Edralin, taking a moment to catch his breath before heading to the Duke’s food line. “I ran the 1.3 miles for Nana (aka Cindy Edralin).”

Merkel was one of more than 200 people who strolled the Ke Ala Hele Makalae multi-use path in support of people who live with MS.

With a goal of $80,000 for the MS Walk, people can to connect with any of the walk’s top participants, including Gen. (retired) Mary Kay Hertog, Cynthia Edralin, Laurie Nakama, Krystal Morinaka-Hirata, Joy Ortiz, or Sharron Weber to contribute and show the power of connection.


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