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Litchfield Community Set To Lace Up and Step Out for Walk MS

January 21, 2014

Litchfield residents gather at the 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, starting line as site coordinators prepare to cut the ribbon. The walk attracted more than 10,000 participants, with about 1700 walkers in Litchfield. This year, the Litchfield planning committee hopes to raise $64,000. The 2014 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 12 sites across the state. For more information or to register, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.
LITCHFIELD, 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 Litchfield and surrounding communities, including Torrington and Norfolk, step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the effects of MS.
 
The Litchfield Town Green 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. on the Town Green and walkers will step out at 11 a.m.
 
The 2013 Walk MS attracted over 10,000 participants statewide. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, hopes to raise $1.3 million this year.
 
Nearly 700 walkers took to the pavement in Litchfield last year. Together, they raised $61,598. This year, the Litchfield planning committee hopes to raise $64,000.
 
The Marching McGraths Walk MS team was named Litchfield’s top team, raising $12,580. The top individual walker at last year’s Litchfield walk was Patrick McGrath, of Watertown, who raised $6,505.
 
“Each year Litchfield-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 Litchfield 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. At this year’s event, the Litchfield site will feature a morning warm up, face painting, Programs information, team photos, music, and other vendors are also in the works. 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 and La Puertorriqueñisima 1120 AM.
 
There is no fee to register for 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.
 
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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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