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2011 Helen's Heroes MS Golf Classic Raises $7,000

October 19, 2011

Fifth annual tournament continues to drive funds toward a cure.

 

ORANGE, Conn. – The fifth annual Helen’s Heroes MS Golf Classic was held June 24, at the Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange. The event attracted golfers from across the state and raised $7,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter and the more than 6,000 people in Connecticut living with multiple sclerosis that it serves.

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East Haven resident Bob Lukaszek presents Lisa Gerrol, president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, with a check for $7,000 from this year’s fifth annual Helen’s Heroes MS Golf Classic. Lukaszek established the Helen’s Heroes MS Golf Classic in honor of his sister Helen Langello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003.

East Haven resident Bob Lukaszek established the golf tournament in honor of his sister Helen Langello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003.

“The turnout this year was excellent and it was another wonderful event,” he said. “The community continues to come out for a great day of golf and support a truly worthy cause. My hope is that the proceeds from the Helen’s Heroes MS Golf Classic will bring us closer to a cure.”

In its five year history, the Helen’s Heroes MS Golf Classic has raised more than $35,000 for the Connecticut Chapter. “We have had great success so far with the tournament but my goal is to make the event better each and every year,” Lukaszek said.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Langello, live with the effects of multiple sclerosis. The cause is unknown, and, as a result, there currently is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

Funds raised through events, such as the Helen’s Heroes MS Golf Classic, ensure ongoing scientific research to find and cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter.

For more information on the Helen’s Heroes MS Golf Classic, please visit www.helensheroes.com or contact Bob Lukaszek at 203-623-3757 or via e-mail at BobL@hartynet.com. To learn more about multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to become involved, please visit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter homepage atwww.ctfightsMS.org.

10/19/2011

About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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