Mar 15, 2013
Kylie Noell, Communications Intern
WEST HAVEN, 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 West Haven and its surrounding communities, to include New Haven and Hamden, step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the potentially debilitating effects of MS.
West Haven High School will host the 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, on Sunday, April 21. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and walkers will step out at 9 a.m.
|West Haven resident Karen Hawes and sister-in-law Chris Haiday enjoy their Subway lunch following the 2012 Travelers Walk MS at West Haven High School. Team Hawes Walkers, annually a top fundraising team at the West Haven site, has raised nearly $5,000 thus far. 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 800 participants took to the pavement in West Haven last year. Together, they raised more than $100,000. This year, the West Haven planning committee hopes to raise $105,000. The 2013, Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will step out from 12 locations across the state including West Haven High School. For more information or to register, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.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 800 participants took to the pavement in West Haven last year. Together, they raised more than $100,000. This year, the West Haven planning committee hopes to raise $105,000.
Team Hawes, was named West Haven’s top Walk MS team, raising $8,695. Civianne Bloch was the top individual walker with $6,086 raised.
“Each year West Haven-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 West Haven 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 West Haven site will feature a morning warm up provided by Fresh Yoga, a martial arts demo provided by Institute of Martial Arts, and activities for Kids featuring face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts and other fun filled activities. 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 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 out 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, WCTY 97.7, and Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut, P.C. Newspapers include the New Haven Register 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.ctfightsms.org.