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Greater Connecticut & Western Connecticut
Chapters Unite In Fight Against MS

Effective October 1, in an unprecedented move to better serve members and streamline efforts, the Greater Connecticut Chapter united with the Western Connecticut Chapter to form the Connecticut Chapter.

“The National MS Society has a new voice and with it, a new opportunity,” said Lisa Gerrol, who formerly led the Greater Connecticut Chapter and who now serves as President & Chief Professional Officer of the united Connecticut Chapter. “We are an organization committed to doing something about MS, now. We are building a movement by and for people with MS that will move us closer to a world free of this disease. To do this, we must be bold and transparent in our actions. This means doing business a little differently than before, and it also means a refocused energy and commitment to ending MS.”

“By consolidating operations, we are able to leverage more local resources and expand programs and services for people living with MS and their families throughout Connecticut,” said Jennifer Cox, Connecticut Chapter Board of Trustees Chairperson. “Through this unified approach, we can create an even stronger team.”

Lisa Gerrol joined the Greater Connecticut Chapter in 1994. At that time, the chapter had a budget of about $500,000, of which approximately $230,000 was spent on programs and services. Under her leadership, the chapter has grown significantly, and last year raised $3.2 million and spent $2.3 million on programs and services. Her most recent accomplishment was spearheading the launch of the first comprehensive MS Care Center in Connecticut.  Lisa’s commitment to ending MS will continue to strengthen the programs, services, research and fundraising of the Connecticut Chapter.

“This is an exciting time offering limitless opportunities,” said Nancy Hoffmann, who formerly served as interim President of the Western Connecticut Chapter. “Uniting manpower and resources available through both chapters enables the society to meet the increasing needs of those depending on us most Connecticut residents and their families facing the effects of MS.”

For additional information on the Connecticut Chapter and its mission, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/.

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