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May 11, 2012

Returns for a seventh year as grand marshal.

MADISON, Conn.- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter has named Darren Kramer, WTNH News 8 anchor, grand marshal for the 31st annual Bike MS: Red Thread+Steelcase Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities, on Sunday, June 3, in Windsor and Westport.

Kramer’s mother-in-law is forced to use a wheelchair as a result of the effects of MS, and he returns to the ride for his seventh year as grand marshal. This year, Kramer will also saddle up to fundraise and ride for a cure.

“My mother-in-law has lived with the effects of multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years,” said Kramer, a resident of Madison. “The fight against MS is personal, and I’m committed to doing what I can to move us closer to a cure.”

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Kramer, a native of Peshtigo, Wis., first joined the New Haven-based WTNH News 8 in 1998 and returned to News 8 in 2006 after a little more than two years in Chicago. The station is a longtime partner with the chapter and Kramer has worked closely with the chapter, as his personal connection to multiple sclerosis motivates him to keep saddling up.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents are affected by multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and, as a result, there is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some sever cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

The 2012 Bike MS: Red Thread+Steelcase Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities, will feature two locations on Sunday, June 3 – Griffin Center in Windsor and Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The Windsor ride features 100-, 50-, 25-, 12- and 2-mile routes while Westport offers 50-, 25-, and 10-mile rides as well as a kiddie ride.

Participants are encouraged to either establish a fundraising team or join an already established team.

Funds raised by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, through events such as Bike MS, ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure, as well as to provide vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in the state living with multiple sclerosis.

The registration fee is $35 per cyclist, with a $125 fundraising minimum per rider. The Ticket To Ride program allows registered cyclists to offer free registration to three first-time participants. The $125 fundraising minimum still applies. The ride will take place rain or shine, and includes a finish-line barbecue.

Community partners for the ride include WTNH News 8 and Lite 100.5 WRCH.

For more information on the Bike MS: Red Thread+Steelcase Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities, 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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