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Family touched by Walk MS

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Two generations of a family were hit hard by multiple sclerosis and now the patriarch and the youngest in the family are making a big difference.

Seven-year-old Brooke Walpole and her grandfather have shared a lot of precious moments painting pots.

"She was about three or four and we would drop her off to spend time with Mimi and Grrrdaddy. And we came to pick her up and they were painting pots wearing smocks," said Pamela Walpole, Brooke's mom.

The pots will soon be sold to help raise money for the Dallas Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The family's fight against MS started 20 years ago when Brook's grandfather Sam Vilches, Jr. signed up for the local Walk MS.

Ironically, a few weeks later his daughter Jardann was diagnosed with the devastating disease that can rob people of their mobility.

"I didn't know about MS. I knew I was walking for a cause, but I didn't know what MS was. We were all devastated when we learned she had MS," Sam said.

"I don't like to see my sister suffer. She had trouble walking. She has muscle problems when she can't get out of bed, like flu symptoms. It's terrible to see it happen," Pamela said.

The family formed the Walk MS team named "Jardann's Journey." Sam alone has helped raise more than $100,000.

And sadly this year the family had to change the team's name after Jardann's daughter Jackie was also diagnosed with MS at the age of 18.

"Because of my granddaughter now having MS, I have an even greater incentive to continue my vow to walk for MS until a cure is found," Sam sad.

At Walk MS in Addison this year the family's team will be walking and then they will help Brooke sell her pots.

They hope for a nice profit because all the money will go towards the fight against MS.

This year's event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in Addison Circle Park. To register, go to

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