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News 8 Anchor To Lace Up For 2012 Travelers Walk MS In West Hartford

March 27, 2012

Darren Kramer Returns As Grand Marshall for a seventh year

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Darren Kramer, morning news anchor with WTNH News 8, returns for a seventh consecutive year as grand marshal for the Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, when he steps out this year in West Hartford on April 22.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of multiple sclerosis daily. In a show of support, each year hundreds of loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers throughout Connecticut lace-up and step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the potentially devastating effects of MS. 

 Darren Kramer, (front, center) News 8 anchor, steps out at the 2011 Travelers Walk MS in West Hartford with his mother-in-law Barbara Fratamico, (on scooter) who has lived with the effects of multiple sclerosis for more than two decades. The 2012 Travelers Walk MS takes place at 12 sites across Connecticut on Sunday, April 22. For the seventh consecutive year, Kramer will serve as the Travelers Walk MS grand marshal. In 2011, the event attracted nearly 10,200 participants and raised a record amount of $1.36 million. The chapter hopes to raise $1.45 million in 2012. For more information or to register, please visit

Kramer, whose mother-in-law battles the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis, has led Walk MS since 2005. News 8 has partnered with the chapter and its Walk MS event since 2000, helping to raise awareness and encourage communities across Connecticut to engage in the quest to fund a cure.

Last year’s Travelers Walk MS attracted more than 10,200 participants and raised a record amount of more than $1.36 million. The Connecticut Chapter hopes to raise more than $1.45 million this year.

The 2012 Travelers Walk MS participants will step out at 12 different sites across the state Sunday, April 22, including Cheshire, Clinton, Enfield, Litchfield, Manchester, New London, Simsbury, Stamford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport, and a new site in Danbury. Lunch is provided compliments of Subway restaurants and Coca-Cola.

“We are delighted to partner again with WTHN News 8,” said Karen Butler, chapter vice president of communications. “Our participants and volunteers are huge fans of Darren Kramer and News 8. Every year, we look forward to stepping out with the leadership of Darren Kramer and News 8.”

To learn more about the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, or to register, please visit

To learn more about multiple sclerosis, its effects, and programs and services offered by the chapter to those living with MS by or visiting



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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