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University Of Hartford Student Teams Up With Once Lost Sheep In Hopes Of Scaring Up A Cure

October 23, 2013

From Left To Right: Karen Butler, donned as Little Bo Peep’s once lost sheep; Jacqueline Sembor, dressed as Jack, from Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick; and Allison Fingado, dressed as Little Bo Peep; pose with Lisa Gerrol, president and CEO of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

HARTFORD, Conn. – When Allison Fingado, 21, packed her bags in early September and started the long drive from Shrewsbury, N.J. to the University of Hartford, she had dreams of making an impact. Little did she know, however, that an interning opportunity with the National MS Society would soon have her running a Spooktacular 5K donned as Little Bo Peep.

Fingado, a senior who is majoring in communications with a double emphasis in human communication and public relations and advertising, first heard about the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, through a call for interns posted by the university’s School of Communication. Intrigued, she quickly made contact.

“I learned about the posting through one of my communication professors, Dr. Desmond, and I knew it was right up my alley,” said Fingado, who previously interned with the community YMCA in her hometown of Shrewsbury, N.J. “When I saw the position required interviewing, photographing events, writing press releases and much more, I knew I could do great things.”

Fingado is also stepping up to raise funds and signed up for the organization’s upcoming Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, registering with communication specialist Jacqueline “Jacq” Sembor’s team, Jacq B Nimble, Jacq B Quick.

Sembor has enlisted many coworkers to the Run MS team, including a vice president who will dress up as Little Bo Peep’s once lost sheep.

“I had only been volunteering with the Marketing & Public Relations Department since the last week of September, but I had met so many inspiring people so quickly that I knew I needed to get involved,” shared Fingado. “Jacqueline’s team was the perfect opportunity to show my support of the chapter and those with whom I work.”

The 2013 Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Rentschler Field, in East Hartford, and includes a one-mile Family Fun Stroll. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. The run begins at 9 a.m.

The upcoming run features men’s and women’s timed divisions. Entertainment after the race includes vendors, free samples, music, light refreshments, magicians, tarot card readers, face painters and more.

Team Jacq B Nimble, Jacq B Quick originally had a fundraising goal of $1,500. However, after Sembor met that goal by hosting the First Ever Jacq B Nimble, Jacq B Quick Hog Wild Pig Roast to raise funds for the team, the stakes have been raised. Now the team is aiming to raise at least $2,500.

“I have never participated in a 5K before,” said Fingado, who played field hockey at her high school, Red Bank Regional. “But I am sure that it will be a great time, especially with all of the costumes. I’m baa-aa-anking on it!”

Run MS takes place Saturday, Oct. 26. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9 a.m. Rentschler Field is located at 615 Silver Lane, in East Hartford. To register for Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, or to join or donate to Allison Fingado, 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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