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More Than 1,800 Cheshire Area Residents Step Out For A Single Cause
CHESHIRE, Conn. More than 1,800 Cheshire area residents laced up and stepped out Sunday, April 22, to take part in the 11th annual Travelers MS Walk, presented by UnitedHealth Group. Under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures, area residents came out in force to support the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
“Last year, despite pouring rain and cool temperatures, Cheshire raised more than $200,000 making it the top fundraising site in the state,” said Karen E. Butler, vice president of communications with the Greater Connecticut Chapter. “Once again, the Cheshire walk site planning committee has done a tremendous job bringing people together from all walks of life in a single effort to raise funds to find a cure. We can always count on Cheshire residents to go the extra mile.”
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, oftentimes debilitating, disease affecting the central nervous system. Currently, there is no cure for MS. Nearly 6,000 residents across the state live with multiple sclerosis, including more than 100 Cheshire area residents. More than 400,000 Americans nationwide are living with multiple sclerosis.
“It’s terrific to see so many come out in support of those battling multiple sclerosis,” said John LeBlanc, who was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and whose team participated at the Cheshire site. “This was my first year forming a team, and the enthusiastic support we’ve received from family, friends and co-workers at Mallory Industries has been remarkable very heartwarming.”
The Cheshire walk site planning committee hopes to raise about $230,000. The prize deadline for submitting outstanding individual and team pledges is May 31. The Greater Connecticut Chapter, now offering a total of 10 walk site locations, hopes to raise $1.1. Last year, the MS Walk raised approximately $1 million. For more information regarding outstanding pledges and prize eligibility, please call Michelle Zimnoch, Development Director, at (860) 714-2300, ext. 241.
CUTLINE: Howie Schwab, host of ESPN’s new sports trivia show, "Stump the Schwab, and Melvin “Dr. Mel” Goldstein, beloved meteorologist at WTNH News Channel 8, send walkers off in force the 2007 Travelers MS Walk, presented by UnitedHealth Group, on Sunday, April 22, at Cheshire High School in Cheshire.
Karen E. Butler
Vice President of Communications
Greater Connecticut Chapter