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MS Walk Returns to 12 Connecticut Towns In 2013

January 18, 2013

Registration is now open!

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut residents will once again step out from 12 sites across the state for the 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of multiple sclerosis. In a show of support, each year thousands of loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers lace up and step out at Walk MS in solidarity for a single cause: to create a world free of MS.

West Hartford ribbon

Nine-year-old Cameron Gregory, West Hartford, cuts the ribbon at the start of the 2012 Travelers Walk MS in West Hartford.Onlookers 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.  The 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held at 12 sites statewide on Sunday, April 21. For more information or to register for the 2013 Walk MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

In 2012, more than 10,000 participants participated in Walk MS and raised a record $1.38 million. Team Travelers was the top fundraising team in the state as they raised $70,071. Robert Flowers was the top individual fundraiser, raising $41,224. This year, the chapter hopes to raise $1.4 million.

The 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 12 sites across the state.

The walk sites include: Cheshire at Cheshire High School, Clinton at Joel Elementary School, Danbury at Western Connecticut State University – Westside Campus, Enfield at JFK Middle School, Litchfield at Litchfield Town Green, Manchester at Manchester Community College, New London at Mitchell College, Simsbury at Westminster School, Stamford at Commons Park at Harbor Point, West Hartford at the University of Connecticut – West Hartford Campus, West Haven at West Haven High School and Westport at Sherwood Island State Park.

Each walk site will feature 2.5- and 5-mile fully-accessible routes. Participants will return to a finish-line party with entertainment, activities, and lunch, provided compliments of Subway restaurants and Coca-Cola.

For a seventh year, Darren Kramer, WTNH News 8 anchor, will return to serve as grand marshal. News 8 meteorologist Gil Simmons will lead the charge from West Haven.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease. It’s generally diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms can range from numbness in the extremities, to loss of vision and, in severe cases, complete paralysis. The progression, severity and specific symptoms related to MS in any one person cannot be predicted, but advances in research and treatments are providing hope to those affected by the disease. Funds raised at chapter events, such as Walk MS, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to Connecticut residents affected by MS.

To learn more about Walk MS or to pre-register, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org and click the “Walk MS” button, or call 860-913-2550.

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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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