University of Hartford Students Volunteer To Raise Awareness
March 26, 2014
CUTLINE: Four University of Hartford student volunteer on Aetna’s Hartford campus on Wednesday, March 26, helping plant 6,000 MS Flags of Hope. The girls, all members of the university’s Delta Gamma sorority, helped plant the flags to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. Pictured from left to right: Meredith Scozzafara, New Milford, senior sociology major; Kaylee Reynolds, Greenwich, senior public relations major; Stephanie Bergeron, Framingham Mass., junior marketing major; LeighAnn Todaro, Shrewsbury, N.J., senior communications major. Throughout March, Aetna is turning its signage orange and hosting a vivid MS Awareness banner for all of I-84 to see. In addition to planting the orange flags, representing the 6,000 Connecticut residents living with MS, the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, will also host a lunch & learn program in which Aetna associates can ask questions and share their own personal connections to MS. Staff members are expected to also sign up to participate in or help organize the 2014 Walk MS and Bike MS events. For more information on Aetna and the many ways Aetna reaches out to the community, visit www.aetna.com. For more information on the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s many events, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.
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.