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Manchester Manor Employees Earn Biggest ‘Loser’ Title

MANCHESTER, Conn. — As the popular NBC show “The Biggest Loser: Couples” announces this year’s winner Tuesday, April 15, some employees of Manchester Manor are already claiming biggest-loser rights.

The employees took part in a company-wide weight-loss challenge and 28 people took off a total of 177 pounds to win the Choose to Loose challenge. The winners doubled their success by donating the prize money for the most weight lost to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter.

“We called it ‘Our Loss is Your Gain,’ ” said Diane Lee, director of social services at Manchester Manor. “We voted to donate the prize money to the Connecticut Chapter in honor of one of our residents who lives with multiple sclerosis. The annual MS Vacation Week is the highlight of her year.”

Manchester-area residents will have their own opportunity to shape up and raise funds for this program, and the continuation of many other vital programs and services offered to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents affected by multiple sclerosis at the 2008 Travelers Walk MS event Sunday, May 4.

Manchester Community College (MCC) will, for a 15th year, host the Travelers Walk MS as area residents lace up and step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the devastating effects of MS. Check-in and registration begin at 8 a.m., and participants will step out at 9 a.m.

Last year 884 Manchester participants helped raise $108,247 toward the 2007 $1.1 million goal.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and, as a result, there currently is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness and tingling in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. More than 100 Manchester-area residents live with the baffling and unpredictable effects of multiple sclerosis. More than 400,000 Americans nationwide are diagnosed with MS.

The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter expects the 2008 Travelers Walk MS to raise more than $1.5 million. Additional partners stepping out in support include Acorda and Serono. Lunch is provided compliments of Subway and Coca-Cola.

 For more information or to register, please go to http://www.ctfightsms.org/ or call 860-714 WALK. To learn more, listen to 96.5 TIC, 95.9 The FOX and 97.7 WCTY Country Favorites or watch WTNH News Channel 8 and My TV 9.


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