Rally at The Rapids Raises Thousands To Fight M.S.

July 17, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Rally at The Rapids Raises Thousands To Fight M.S.

July 17, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW ) -- A former Niagara Falls resident diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, held a fundraiser Saturday at The Rapids Theatre to celebrate 10 years in remission.

Loretto Thompson is working to raise $25,000 for the National MS Society by walking "A 160k Pilgrimage for a Cure" in Spain.

To help reach that goal, Thompson organized "Rally at The Rapids" that featured music by True Gravity and That Big Fun. A local artist silent auction, raffles, food and fun raised thousands.

Hundreds turned out to enjoy the atmosphere inside the newly renovated Rapids Theater on Main Street in Niagara Falls. Theater owner John Hutchins helped organize the event

Orange balloons decorated the entire venue, with volunteers wearing orange t-shirts, to create a colorful atmosphere.

Thompson is a native of Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls and currently lives in the Raleigh-Durham area. Loretto will now prepare for the Camino Walk with others looking to raise money and awareness to fight Multiple Sclerosis.