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National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, Awards 19 Scholarships

July 11, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, recently awarded scholarships to 19 Connecticut students slated to attend college in the fall. Of the 19, 16 scholarships are funded by the chapter’s Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund, two scholarships, one a top scholar renewal, are funded through the Corn-Carter MS Family Scholarship Fund and another is funded through the Jo-Ann Concilio MS Memorial Fund.

Pictured at a recent Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle scholarship reception, held at the Farmington Country Club in Farmington (from left to right, top row): Mary Tran, Middletown; Greta Appleton, East Lyme; Dana Falotico, Bethel; William Petit, Jr., M.D., Cheshire; Timothy Vino, Fairfield; Lindsay Noble, Cromwell; Anthony Grzegowski, Stratford; Madeleine Gauthier,Simsbury; and Lisa Gerrol, president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. (bottom row) Molly Weeks, Ridgefield; Christa Roth, Danbury; Grace Kellogg, Roxbury; Kelly Vukelic,StamfordNot pictured: Christine Allard, South Windsor; Allison Curnan, Oxford; Hayley Goodrich, Brookfield; Jillian Melly, Guilford; Adam Shepherd, Waterford; Ben Troy, Shelton; and Skyla-Mae Serkey, Harwinton.

The Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund was established in 2007 by the Petit family after the tragic loss of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela Petit. The fund continues the work of the women, providing family support for the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. The fund also provides scholarships, such as those given this year, for college freshmen who either have multiple sclerosis or have a parent living with MS. For more information about multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, assists families 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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