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2012 Travelers Walk MS

April 26, 2012

The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, stepped out from 12 sites April 22.

The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, stepped out from 12 sites in Connecticut on April 22, raising more than $1.1 million toward a goal of $1.45 million. Lunch was provided compliments of Subway and Coca-cola.

Karen Hawes Subway

West Haven resident Karen Hawes and sister-in-law Chris Haiday enjoy their Subway lunch following the 2012 Travelers Walk MS at West Haven High School, Sunday, April 22. Team Hawes Walkers, annually a top fundraising team at the West Haven site, has raised nearly $5,000 thus far. To date, the 2012 Travelers Walk MS has raised $1.1 million toward a goal of $1.45 million. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to team Ever Changers, visit www.ctfightsMS.org

 

 Pink Team
Angela Young, Rocky Hill, Gwen Knowling, Hartford, and Adrienne Davis,Wethersfield, pose just after stepping out for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, held Sunday, April 22,  at the West Hartford Campus of the University of Connecticut. Knowling, 63, was diagnosed in 1984 with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. Young, Davis and Knowling head up the fundraising team, the Sunshine Walkers, which boasted 33 members. To date the 2012 Walk MS has raised more than $1.1 million toward a $1.45 million goal. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.  Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to the Sunshine Walkers, visit www.ctfightsMS.org

 

Kid with sandwich

Ethan Orentas, 8, enjoys lunch by Subway after stepping out for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, held Sunday, April 22,  in West Hartford on the campus of the University of Connecticut. Orentas, who lives in West Hartford and attends Duffy Elementary School, participates on Team Tom, a fundraising team formed in honor of his grandfather, Thomas Zaleaki, who battled multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. To date the 2012 Walk MS has raised more than $1.1 million toward a $1.45 million goal. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.  Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to Team Tom, visit www.ctfightsMS.org

 

sandwich dudes

Mark and Matt Styring, along with their dad, Bob, enjoy lunch by Subway after stepping out for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, held Sunday, April 22,  in West Hartford on the campus of the University of Connecticut. The trio make up Team Ellen, named after the boys’ mother, who succumbed in 2000, to complications associated with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. At the time of her passing, the boys were just teens. Today, Matt, 27, lives in Southington and works in human resources at Citi Bank in Hartford. Mark, 25, lives in Southington and also works in human resources but at AAA. Bob, who like his sons lives in Southington, is retired from the Connecticut State Labor Department. Team Ellen hopes to raise $500. To date the 2012 Walk MS has raised more than $1.1 million toward a $1.45 million goal. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.  Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to help Team Ellen make goal and donate, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org

 

west haven ribbon
Deanna Morrin, West Haven, poses with 7 1/2 month old daughter Delaney just after the start of the 2012 Travelers Walk MS at West Haven High School, Sunday, April 22. Morrin has captained the Fighting Irish fundraising team for the past 10 years in honor of her father, John Jacquith, who lives with multiple sclerosis. To date, the 2012 Travelers Walk MS has raised $1.1 million toward a goal of $1.45 million. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to the Fighting Irish, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

 westport ribbon
Betsy Raftery, Wilton, and Leo Katsetos, Bridgeport, cut the ribbon before the start of the  2012 Travelers Walk MS, held Sunday, April 22, on the at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Both Raftery and Katsetos live with multiple sclerosis. Raftery captains team Let’s Go Bets! Fundraising team which has raised more than $12,000. Katsetos, a physical trainer at Sacred Heart University, captains the Sacred Hearts for HOPE fundraising team, which has raised nearly $8,000. To date the 2012 Walk MS has raised more than $1.1 million toward a $1.45 million goal. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.  Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to Let’s Go Bets! Or Sacred Hearts of Hope, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

 litchfield ribbon
Winsted resident Dwayne Paige gets a little help from Declan (helmet) and Patrick McCarthy to cut the ribbon at the start of the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, held Sunday, April 22, on the Litchfieldtown green. Paige was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990. Longtime friend Lisa Ryan captains the Dwayne’s Dames and Dudes Walk MS fundraising team in his honor, which has raised more than $2,000. Paige was also recently named spokesperson for the 2012 MS Motorcycle Ride, Sunday, July 22, at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford. Father and son Patrick and Declan McGrath walk as part of the Marching McGrath’s in support of Patrick’s wife, and Declan’s mother, Christie (pictured to right.) The Marching McGrath’s have raised more than $17,000. To date the 2012 Walk MS has raised more than $1.1 million toward a $1.45 million goal. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.  Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to Dwayne’s Dames and Dudes, the Marching McGrath’s or to register for the 2012 MS Motorcycle Ride, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

 enfield
Walk MS fundraising team DahBomb Squad poses before stepping out for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, held Sunday, April 22, at JFK Middle School in Enfield. To date the 2012 Walk MS has raised more than $1.1 million toward a $1.45 million goal. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.  Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to the Dah Bomb Squad, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

 harwinton
Harwinton resident Tina Sekorski (seated) poses with her husband, Joel, and mother Barbara, before stepping out for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, held Sunday, April 22, on the Litchfieldtown green. The family stepped out in support of Tina, who lives with multiple sclerosis, as part of team Tina’s Troopers. The team has raised more than $3,400. To date the 2012 Walk MS has raised more than $1.1 million toward a $1.45 million goal. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.  Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to the Tina’s Troopers, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

simsbury ribbon
Long-time friends and Simsbury residents Kelly Sterling (left) and Shannon O’Donnell prepare to cut the ribbon to start the 2012 Travelers Walk MS at Westminster School in Simsbury.  Sterling and O’Donnell, both 35, were each diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in their 20s. Together they co-captain the MS Kateers walk MS fundraising team. To date, the 2012 Travelers Walk MS has raised $1.1 million toward a goal of $1.45 million. The MS Kateers have raised more than $6,000. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to the MS Kateers, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.

 

West Hartford ribbon
Nine-year-old Cameron Gregory, West Hartford, cuts the ribbon at the start of the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, held Sunday, April 22, inWest Hartford on the campus of the University of Connecticut. Walk MS spokesperson, 16-year-old Lindsay Noble was to cut the ribbon, but in an act of selflessness, handed the scissors to Gregory, who was recently named to the 2011 Petit Youth Award. Noble, whose mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, was herself diagnosed with MS when she was just 15. Gregory captains the MS Super Kids fundraising team, which has raised almost $2,000 to date. Onlookers at the ribbon cutting include Barbara Fratamico, Smithtown, N.Y., whose son-in-law, Darren Kramer grand marshals the event; Lisa Gerrol, president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter; Lindsay Noble,Cromwell;  her mother, Judy Noble, Cromwell; Darren Kramer,Madison, WTNH News 8; and Renee DiNino, Wethersfield, The River 105.9.  To date the 2012 Walk MS has raised more than $1.1 million toward a $1.45 million goal. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.  Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis. Walk MS teams are encouraged to continue fundraising until the prize deadline, which is May 25. For more information on the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to donate to the MS Super Kids team, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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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