DANBURY, 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 Danbury and surrounding communities, including Ridgefield and Bethel, lace up and step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the potentially effects of MS.
The Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Campus will serve as the starting point for the 2014 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, on Sunday, April 6. Check in opens at 10 a.m. in the student union and walkers will step out at 11 a.m.
The 2013 Walk MS attracted more than 10,000 participants statewide. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, hopes to raise $1.3 million this year.
Over 250 participants took to the pavement in Danbury last year. Together, they raised more than $19,000. This year, the Danbury planning committee hopes to raise $25,000.
The Pomperaug High School Baseball Walk MS team was named Danbury’s top team, raising $4,570. The top individual walker was Ed Schelling, who raised $1,435.
“Each year Danbury-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 Danbury walk site planning committee members have been doing 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. At the Danbury Walk MS there will be several site features, including a yoga stretch, activities for kids that includes face painting and crafts. Team photos, music and other vendors are also in the works. We are also looking for vendors with product sampling and promotional 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 and La Puertorriqueñisima 1120 AM.
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