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The Connecticut Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Connecticut and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


NBC Reporter Named As Master Of Ceremonies

August 29, 2013

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has named NBC Connecticut reporter Todd Piro grand marshal for Run MS, a Spooktacular 5K. The 5K will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Todd Piro

A Farmington resident, Todd Piro joined the station as a reporter after four years with KPSP, a CBS-affiliated station in Palm Springs, Calif., where he served as weekday morning anchor for the last two years. Prior to making TV news his career, Todd practiced law for five years at a prestigious Wall Street law firm and also worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

In college, Piro was news director and anchor at WDCR/WFRD Radio in Hanover, N.H. While there, he also performed play-by-play duties for numerous sports, including hockey and lacrosse. Piro interned at WABC-TV, Good Morning America, and Fox News Channel, all in New York, as well as WNNE-TV 31 in White River Junction, Vt. During his career, Piro has interviewed Sen. John McCain, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Martha Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Sam Donaldson, and Rep. Mary Bono Mack, as well as famous chefs, doctors, comedians and performers.

Piro graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.

Run MS features a 5K run for both the serious athlete and the not-so-competitive jogger or even speed walker. Post-race activities include Halloween-themed fun, games, music, dancing, face painting, magicians, mysterious guests, vendors, prizes, light refreshments, a few surprises and, perhaps, a mild scare or two.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as ghosts, goblins, ghouls or their favorite character, spooky or not.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease for which there is no cure. Funds raised by the chapter through events, such as Run MS, a Spooktacular 5K, fund scientific research and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter to people in Connecticut diagnosed with MS.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $30, and day-of registration is $35. The first 200 people to register will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Rentschler Field is located at 615 Silver Lane in East Hartford. Fundraising for Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, will continue through Friday, Nov. 15. 

To register for Run MS or to learn more about multiple sclerosis and the many ways to get involved, please 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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