WESTPORT, 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 Westport and its surrounding communities, including Fairfield and Bridgeport, step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the effects of MS.
Sherwood Island State Park will host the 2014 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, on Saturday, April 5. Walkers will check in at 9 a.m. at West Beach and step out at 10 a.m.
The 2013 Walk MS attracted nearly 10,000 participants statewide. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, hopes to raise $1.3 million this year.
Nearly 1,200 participants took to the pavement in Westport last year. Together, they raised $151,000. This year, the Westport planning committee hopes to raise $156,000.
Team Burger was named Westport’s top company team, raising $49,630. Alec Burger, was the top individual walker, raising $46,975.
“Each year Westport-area residents come out in large numbers to demonstrate support for those in their community battling multiple sclerosis,” said Karen E. Butler, of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, vice president of marketing and public relations. “Our Westport walk site planning committee members do an exceptional job 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. The Westport site also will feature face painting and kids crafts, a photo area, cheerleaders will be making an appearance at the finish line cheering you on, as well as a warm-up by some energetic instructors. Looking for local dance troupes to perform 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