CHESHIRE, Conn. — More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system. In a show of support, each year hundreds of loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers throughout Cheshire, and surrounding communities, lace up and step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the effects of MS.
Cheshire High School will host the 2014 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, which will be held on Sunday, April 6. Check-in opens at 8 a.m. in the school’s cafeteria and walkers will step out at 9 a.m.
The 2013 Walk MS attracted more than 10,000 participants statewide. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, expects to raise more than $1.3 million this year.
Last year, more than 1,950 walkers took to the pavement in Cheshire. Together they raised over $185,000. This year, the Cheshire planning committee hopes to raise $190,000.
In 2013 Sully’s Shamrocks was named Cheshire’s top team, raising $25,932. The site’s top individual walker, Don Walsh, raised $11,592.
“Each year Cheshire-area residents come out in large numbers to demonstrate support for those in their community battling multiple sclerosis,” said Karen E. Butler, National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, vice president of marketing and public relations. “Our Cheshire walk site planning committee members do an exceptional job of rallying the troops, bringing people together from all walks of life in a single effort to raise funds to find a cure.”
The 2014 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 12 sites across the state.
At this year’s event, enjoy lunch provided by Coca Cola and Subway. The Cheshire site also will feature face painting and kids crafts, a photo area, cheerleaders will be making an appearance at the finish line cheering you on, as well as a warm-up by some energetic Zumba instructors. Local dance troupe will perform in the cafeteria and hoping for musical entertainment from an oldies do wop Group. We are also looking for vendors with product sampling and promo giveaways to offer to our walkers.
Funds raised by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, through events such as Walk MS, presented by Travelers, ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure, and provide vital programs and services offered by the chapter.
Walk MS community partners include News 8, WUVN/WHTX Univision and WUTH Telefutura and Clear Channel Radio Connecticut, which includes The River 105.9, Country 92.5, KISS 95.7, ESPN 1410 AM, KC 101.3, 960 WELI, and ESPN 1300 AM. Other community partners include 95.9 The FOX, WCTY 97.7, La Puertorriqueñisima 1120 AM and The Cheshire Herald.
There is no fee to register for the 2014 Walk MS. However, participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds.
To learn more about the 2014 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, or to register, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org
To learn more about multiple sclerosis, its effects, and programs and services offered by the chapter to those living with MS, email programs@ctfightsMS.org
or visit www.ctfightsMS.org