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Residents To Lace Up & Step Out At Multiple Locations Across Connecticut This Sunday

NOTE TO MEDIA: Reporters are invited and encouraged to attend and cover the 2007 Travelers MS Walk, presented by UnitedHealth Group, at one of eight sites across Connecticut on Sunday, April 22. Walk participant check-in begins at 8 a.m. Participants step out at 9 a.m. Site locations include: Cheshire, Clinton, Enfield, Manchester, New London, New Haven, Simsbury, West Hartford & West Haven. To confirm attendance, please contact Karen E. Butler, Vice President of Communications, at 860.997.4487.

HARTFORD, Conn. More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) daily. In a show of support, each year, thousands of loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers across the state lace up and step out in solidarity for a single cause to end the devastating effects of MS. On Sunday, April 22, residents will step out at one of eight sites across Connecticut for the 2007 Travelers MS Walk, presented by UnitedHealth Group.

Registration for the 2007 Travelers MS Walk is currently available online at http://www.ctfightsms.org/ but will also be available on-site event day. Each walk site offers accessible 2.5- and 5-mile route options. Lunch will be provided compliments of Subway and Coca-Cola. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the walk event will get underway at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to participants for extraordinary fundraising efforts. April 22 walk site locations include:

  • Cheshire High School in Cheshire
  • Morgan High School in Clinton
  • JFK Middle School in Enfield
  • Mitchell College in New London
  • Manchester Community College in Manchester
  • Westminster School in Simsbury
  • University of Connecticut, Hartford Campus, in West Hartford
  • West Haven High School in West Haven.

For a second year, news anchor Darren Kramer, WTNH News Channel 8, has been named event Grand Marshal, stepping out at the West Hartford walk site. Kramer first joined WTNH in 1999, where he anchored the morning and noon broadcasts. In early 2006, he returned to WTNH News Channel 8 after a little more than two years in Chicago. Award-winning meteorologist Mel Goldstein, Ph.D., “Dr. Mel” will lace up and step out with Cheshire. So fascinated with weather he started a meteorology club in 8th grade, today, Dr. Mel is the chief meteorologist at WTNH News Channel 8, where he has been providing up-to-date weather forecasts for more than 20 years.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease. It's generally diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms can range from numbness in the limbs, loss of vision and, in severe cases, complete paralysis. The progression, severity, and specific symptoms related to MS in any one person cannot be predicted, but advances in research and treatments are providing hope to those affected by the disease. Funds raised at chapter events, such as the Travelers MS Walk, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to Connecticut residents affected by MS. The chapter’s walk event attracts about 7,000 participants each year, making it the largest walk event in the state, and has raised more than $1 million each year for the past four years more than $4 million combined.

The Travelers MS Walk will also be held at a ninth site, Woodstock, on Sunday, April 29. To learn more about the Travelers MS Walk, please tune to WTNH News Channel 8/MY TV 9, Comcast, 96.5 TIC and 97.7 WCTY Country Favorites. To register online for the 2007 St. Paul Travelers MS Walk, please go to www.ctfightsMS.org or call (860) 714-WALK (9255).



Karen E. Butler
Vice President of Communications
Greater Connecticut Chapter
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Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Talk to your health care professional and contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1.800.FIGHT-MS to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.


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