Mar 15, 2013
Kylie Noell, Communications Intern
STAMFORD, 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 Stamford and surrounding communities, to include Greenwich and Norwalk, step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the devastating effects of MS.
Commons Park at Harbor Point will serve as the starting point for the 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, on Sunday, April 21. Walkers will check-in at 9 a.m. and step out at 10 a.m.
The 2012 Walk MS attracted nearly 10,000 participants statewide and raised a record amount of $1.38 million. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, hopes to raise $1.4 million this year.
Over 270 participants took to the pavement in Stamford last year. Together, they raised more than $64,716. This year, the Stamford planning committee hopes to raise $68,000.
The Ernst & Young Walk MS team was named Stamford’s top company team, raising $14,456. Stephen Borsy was the top individual walker last year, raising $13,781.
“Each year Stamford-area residents come out in large numbers to demonstrate support for those in their community battling multiple sclerosis,” said Karen. E. Butler, National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, vice president of communications. “Our Stamford 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.”
At this year’s event, the Stamford site will feature a morning warm up, an action tent to include face painting and arts and crafts, cotton candy. Team photos, music and other vendors are also in the works.
Funds raised by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, though events, such as the Walk MS, presented by Travelers, ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure, as well as to provide vital programs and services offered by the chapter.
Walk MS participants will walk at 12 different sites across the state Sunday, April 21. Lunch is provided compliments of Subway restaurants and Coca-Cola.
Walk MS community partners include News 8, WUVN / WHTX Univision, Clear Channel Radio Connecticut, to include 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 and WCTY 97.7. Newspapers include the Norwalk Hour and Connecticut Cruise News.
To learn more about the 2013 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 by emailing email@example.com or visiting www.ctfightsms.org.