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Governor's Chief of Staff Honored, $450,000 Raised For MS

October 31, 2013

Lisa Gerrol, president and CEO of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, presents Mark Ojakian, chief of staff in the Governor’s Office with the 2013 Man of The Year Award. The award was presented on Thursday, Oct. 24, at a reception hosted by the chapter at The Society Room inHartford. Ojakian, of West Hartford, is very familiar with the effects of MS. After years of combatting unpredictable physical symptoms, his father, Gene Ojakian, was diagnosed with MS. Sixteen years following Gene’s diagnosis, Mark’s younger brother, Paul, was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, followed two years later by his sister, Cathy’s, diagnosis. Through past events, Ojakian, a 10-year member of the Connecticut Chapter board of trustees, has raised more than $225,000 to benefit the National MS Society. Funds raised by the Man of the Year Celebration, which also commemorated Ojakian’s 60th birthday, bring his total fundraising to $450,000. For more information about multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways the National MS Society assists people living with MS, visit

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 is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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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