10-year-old with MS forms team to fight disease


ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) — Matthew Tieng doesn't do small.

It will take a huge effort by the 10-year-old boy to beat his fundraising total from last year's Walk MS.

Tieng, the son of Dr. Edward Tieng who practices in Alcoa, set his goal at $3,000 last year for the walk. In the end, he raised an unprecedented $11,652, all thanks to 80 family and friends.

This year, he hopes to surpass that, with $15,000.

Matthew has a personal reason for being so passionate about the cause. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was only 8. This will be his third Walk MS.

The fifth-grader, who attends Webb School, has a fundraiser set here in Blount County on Thursday.

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