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January 23, 2013

Eighth Annual Team Jenifer Beer Tasting

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Jenifer Walsh knows there are two things that bring people together – a worthy cause and beer. For the past seven years, hundreds of Cheshire residents have gathered to sample the areas finest micro brews and donate to Walsh’s Walk MS fundraising team.

The eighth annual Team Jenifer Beer Tasting will be held Friday, March 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Lane Construction, located at 90 Fieldstone Court in Cheshire. The event, sponsored by Cheshire Wine and Spirits, supports Cheshire resident Walsh and her dedicated Walk MS fundraising team, Team Jenifer.

Admission is $30 per person, which includes food and samples from more than 25 micro brews. Proceeds benefit Team Jenifer and the 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, which in Cheshire will start and finish at Cheshire High School on Sunday, April 21.

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Don and Jenifer Walsh, Cheshire, pose at the 2012 Team Jenifer Beer Tasting. Over the past seven years, the Team Jenifer Beer Tasting has raised approximately $80,000. Since 2001, Team Jenifer, named after Jenifer Walsh, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997, has raised almost $176,500, helping to keep research moving forward toward a cure for multiple sclerosis. The eighth annual Team Jenifer Beer Tasting will be held Friday, March 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Lane Construction, located at 90 Fieldstone Court in Cheshire. Tickets are $30. The event, sponsored by Cheshire Wine and Spirits, supports Cheshire resident Walsh and her dedicated Walk MS fundraising team, Team Jenifer. Tickets should be purchased in advance by contacting Jenifer Walsh at 1-866-747-9518 or by email at info@teamjenifer.com. To learn more about supporting Team Jenifer, please visit www.teamjenifer.com. To establish a team or register for Walk MS, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860-913-2550 or visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

Walsh, 48, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than a decade ago. Since her initial diagnosis, she and her family have worked tirelessly to inspire friends and relatives to help raise awareness and critically needed funds to find a cure.

For several years the Walsh’s walk team has been ranked among the top fundraising teams in the state. In 2012, Team Jenifer raised $19,310 at the Cheshire site. Jenifer’s husband, Don, was one of the top fundraisers in the state, bringing in $15,490.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Jenifer Walsh, live with the effects of multiple sclerosis, a disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there currently is no cure. Funds raised through chapter events, such as the Travelers Walk MS, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter to residents diagnosed with MS.

“Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable and life altering disease,” said Jenifer Walsh, whose MS has progressed to affect her balance and gait. “My MS affects everyone in my family every day. Regardless, we are defiant and are doing all we can to move science forward in the quest for a cure.”

Last year’s beer tasting event attracted more than 500 guests from throughout the region and raised approximately $13,000. The tasting also features food, drawings and music.

Tickets should be purchased in advance by contacting Jenifer Walsh at 1-866-747-9518 or by email at info@teamjenifer.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Cheshire Wine & Spirits, located at 582 Highland Ave., Cheshire.

The 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held Sunday, April 21, at 12 sites across Connecticut, including Cheshire, Clinton, Danbury, Enfield, Litchfield, Manchester, New London, Simsbury, Stamford, West Hartford, West Haven and Westport.

To learn more about supporting Team Jenifer, please visit www.teamjenifer.com. To establish a team or register for Walk MS, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860-913-2550 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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