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News 12 Connecticut Anchor Named To Host 2012 WAMS Luncheon

May 4, 2012

Former NBC Today Show Host Meredith Vieira To Speak

GREENWICH, Conn. – Rebecca Surran, Emmy award-winning news anchor with News 12 Connecticut, Norwalk, has been named to host the 2012 Women Against MS (WAMS) luncheon, which this year features former NBC “Today Show” host Meredith Vieira and her husband, producer and author Richard Cohen, who grew up in West Hartford.

A resident of Darien, Surran hosts and co-produces “12 On The Money,” a weekly business program focusing on corporate, consumer and investment issues affecting residents in Southwestern Connecticut. In addition, Surran, who earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and the University of Bath in Bath, England, anchors afternoon and evening newscasts.

becky surran“We are delighted to have Ms. Surran partner with us to serve as mistress of ceremonies,” said Westport resident Andrea Porrino, lead WAMS committee member. “Her participation will enhance what already promises to be a tremendous event.”

The 2012 WAMS Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich on Monday, May 21. Vieira and Cohen will serve as keynote speakers. They will also be recognized for their work in raising awareness about multiple sclerosis. Cohen, whose father, a West Hartford physician who battled multiple sclerosis, also has MS and is today disabled as a result of the disease. In 2003 Cohen authored, “Blindsided, A Reluctant Memoir.” The book chronicles his battle with multiple sclerosis and his quest to live life as fully as possible in the face of disability.

A VIP meet-and-greet with Vieira and Cohen will be available at 11 a.m. and a lunch and program session will be held shortly after from noon to 1:30 p.m.

During the luncheon, Vieira with be awarded the Georgina B. Davids award, an award presented each year to someone living with MS or to someone who has truly made a difference in the lives of others battling the disease. Richard Cohen will speak on how he navigates through life in the face of chronic illness and disability.

The event includes boutique shopping from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Guests receive an opportunity to shop among local merchants who will be displaying clothing, jewelry and much more.

Tickets are limited. For more information or to register for the Women Against MS Luncheon,



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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