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Berlin Radio Host Receives Latina Citizen Of The Year Award

August 19, 2013

Berlin, Conn. – The State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission has named Felix Viera, Hartford, as 2013 Latina Citizen of the Year.

Viera is host of the Berlin-based La Puertorriquenisima 1120 AM WPRX’s “Hablando En Serio,” a Spanish-speaking show featured on WPRX Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon.

The commission, created by an act of the General Assembly in 1994, honors a male and a female Hispanic Connecticut resident each year. The commission will host an award reception Aug. 31 at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford, where it also will give out the two lifetime achievement awards.

La Puertorriquenisima is Connecticut’s leading Spanish radio station, located in Berlin, which features music, news and community oriented programming. The station reaches more than 300,000 Hispanics living in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

As host of the show, Viera invites local organizations to speak out to the Hispanic community about serious topics, including disabilities such as multiple sclerosis. Most recently, a representative from the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, guested on the show, speaking to the effects of MS and the many ways the community can engage in the quest to help fund a cure.

President of the Berlin-based La Puertorriquenisima, Oscar Nieves’s late wife, Carol, who battled multiple sclerosis for 25 years before succumbing to complications associated with the illness.

For more information on the State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, visit www.cga.ct.gov/lprac.

For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, assists people in Connecticut living with MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

8/19/13

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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