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WAMS FAIRFIELD RAISES MORE THAN $110,000

May 29, 2012

Former Today host Meredith Vieira and husband, author and journalist Richard Cohen, draw a crowd.

The 2012 Women Against MS Luncheon of Fairfield County attracted more than 320 guests to the Hyatt Regency Greenwich on Monday, May 21, and raised more than $110,000. The luncheon honored former NBC Today host, Meredith Vieira with the Georgina B. Davids award and featured her husband, Richard Cohen, award winning journalist, producer and author as keynote speaker.

According to statistics, three times as many women are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as are men. As a result, women now come together annually throughout the state of Connecticut to learn, through inspirational personal accounts, about the effects of this potentially debilitating disease and the latest advances in treatment and care. These same women join together to raise critically needed funds to move scientific research forward to find a cure. These funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 state residents battling the baffling and oftentimes debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. Since 2001 these dynamic groups have been known as Women Against MS, or WAMS.

 

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Left to right: Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host of NBC’s Today show; her husband, sports legend and former sportscaster, Frank Gifford; producer and author Richard Cohen; and his wife Meredith Vieira, NBC special correspondent and former co-host of the Today show; pose with Lisa Gerrol, National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, president, at the 2012 Fairfield County Women Against MS Luncheon held Monday, May 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich. Cohen, who was a news producer when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than 35 years ago, is a native of West Hartford. His father, who was a physician in West Hartford, also battled multiple sclerosis. Cohen, who chronicled his life battling chronic illness in the book, “Blindsided,” and Meredith Vieira were the event’s featured keynote speakers. The couple also accepted the Georgina B. Davids Award from Lisa Gerrol, whose offices are in Hartford, resides in West Hartford. Cohen, who is a former senior producer for CBC News and CNN, is a three-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of numerous honors in journalism. Multiple sclerosis has robbed Cohen of mobility and much of his eyesight. His next book, “I Want To Kill The Dog,” is expected to be released in October. The 2012 Women Against MS Luncheon attracted more than 320 guests and raised more than $110,000. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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Photo by Danya Jimenez. Terry Walsh, Trumbull, poses with Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host of NBC’s Today show, fourth hour; and her husband, Frank Gifford, member of the Football Hall of Fame and former CBS sportscaster;  while at the 2012 Fairfield County Women Against MS Luncheon held Monday, May 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich. Walsh, vice president and managing director of North American at Global Events in New York City, was a guest at the luncheon. He is a member of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, board of trustees. Walsh also chairs the chapter’s MS Dinner of Champions event, which is held each November in Old Greenwich.  The May 21 luncheon featured Giffords’ friends, Richard Cohen, author and former news producer, and Meredith Vieira, former co-host of NBC’s Today show. Cohen, a native of West Hartford, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, more than 35 years ago. He chronicled his life battling chronic illness in the book, “Blindsided.” Cohen and Vieira were the luncheon’s featured keynote speakers. At the luncheon, the couple were awarded the 2012 Georgina B. Davids Award. Cohen, who is a former senior producer for CBC News, is a three-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of numerous honors in journalism. Multiple sclerosis has robbed Cohen of mobility and much of his eyesight. His next book, “I Want To Kill The Dog,” is expected to be released in October. The 2012 Women Against MS Luncheon attracted more than 320 guests and raised more than $110,000. Funds help assist the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with multiple sclerosis. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.


 

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Photo by Danya Jimenez. Richard Cohen, author and news producer; and his wife, Meredith Vieira, NBC special correspondent and former co-host of the Today show; pose with Malbia Udoji,Stamford; and her sister Denise Udoji Agard, Norwalk; at the 2012 Fairfield County Women Against MS Luncheon held Monday, May 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich. Udoji and Agard attended the luncheon as guests. Richard Cohen, a native ofWest Hartford, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, more than 35 years ago. He chronicled his life battling chronic illness in the book, “Blindsided.” Cohen and Vieira were the luncheon’s featured keynote speakers. At the luncheon, the couple were awarded the 2012 Georgina B. Davids Award. Cohen, who is a former senior producer for CBC News, is a three-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of numerous honors in journalism. Multiple sclerosis has robbed Cohen of mobility and much of his eyesight. His next book, “I Want To Kill The Dog,” is expected to be released in October. The 2012 Women Against MS Luncheon attracted more than 320 guests and raised more than $110,000. Funds help assist the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with multiple sclerosis. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

 

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Photo by Danya Jimenez. Richard Cohen, author and news producer, and his wife, Meredith Vieira, NBC special correspondent and former co-host of the Today show, pose with Liliane Haub (left), Greenwich, and Lisa Gerrol (right), while at the 2012 Fairfield County Women Against MS Luncheon, which was held Monday, May 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich. Lisa Gerrol is president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Longtime supporters of the society, in 2010 Liliane Haub and her husband, Christian (not pictured), pledged $1 million to MS research. Cohen and Vieira were the luncheon’s featured keynote speakers. Richard Cohen, a native of West Hartford, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, more than 35 years ago. He chronicled his life battling chronic illness in the book, “Blindsided.” The couple was awarded the 2012 Georgina B. Davids Award at the luncheon. Cohen, who is a former senior producer for CBC News, is a three-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of numerous honors in journalism. Multiple sclerosis has robbed Cohen of mobility and much of his eyesight. His next book, “I Want To Kill The Dog,” is expected to be released in October. The 2012 Women Against MS Luncheon attracted more than 320 guests and raised more than $110,000. Funds help assist the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with multiple sclerosis. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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Photo by Danya Jimenez. Andy Porrino (left), Westport,and Lisa Gerrol(right)pose withMeredith Vieira, NBC special correspondent and former co-host of NBC’s Today show, and her husband, Richard Cohen, author and former news producer, while at the 2012 Fairfield County Women Against MS Luncheon, which was held Monday, May 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich. Porrino, a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, is a member of the Women Against MS Luncheon steering committee. Lisa Gerrol is president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Cohen and Vieira were the luncheon’s featured keynote speakers. Richard Cohen, a native of West Hartford, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, more than 35 years ago. He chronicled his life battling chronic illness in the book, “Blindsided.” At the luncheon, the couple was presented with the 2012 Georgina B. Davids Award. Cohen, who is a former senior producer for CBC News, is a three-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of numerous honors in journalism. Multiple sclerosis has robbed Cohen of mobility and much of his eyesight. His next book, “I Want To Kill The Dog,” is expected to be released in October. The 2012 Women Against MS Luncheon attracted more than 320 guests and raised more than $110,000. Funds help assist the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with multiple sclerosis. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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The Women Against MS Luncheon steering committee is pictured from left to right: Betty Pate, Greenwich; Anne Franco McAndrew, Kent; Andy Porrino, Westport; Lisa Gerrol, National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter; Meredith Vieira, former co-host of NBC’s Today show; Richard Cohen, author and former CBS News producer; Lori Tobin, Stamford; Debbie D'Arinzo, Norwalk; Carol Gilbride, Greenwich; Patti Mertz, Weston; Kim Maloney, National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter; and Margie Warwick,Greenwich.

 

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Mary Lou Kerr, Stamford, and Dot Nester, Stamford, pose at the 2012 Women Against MS Luncheon, held Monday, May 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich. Richard Cohen, author and news producer, and his wife, Meredith Vieira, NBC special correspondent and former co-host of the Today show served as keynote speakers. Richard Cohen, a native of West Hartford, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, more than 35 years ago. He chronicled his life battling chronic illness in the book, “Blindsided.” The couple received the 2012 Georgina B. Davids Award at the luncheon. Cohen, who is a former senior producer for CBC News, is a three-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of numerous honors in journalism. Multiple sclerosis has robbed Cohen of mobility and much of his eyesight. His next book, “I Want To Kill The Dog,” is expected to be released in October. The 2012 Women Against MS Luncheon attracted more than 320 guests and raised more than $110,000. Funds help assist the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with multiple sclerosis. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visitwww.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.

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