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More Than 9,000 Step Out Across Connecticut To Raise More Than $1M

HARTFORD, Conn. -- More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the unpredictable effects of multiple sclerosis (MS). In a show of support, each year thousands of loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers lace up and step out in solidarity for a single cause to end the devastating effects of MS. This year more than 9,000 participants stepped out May 4 for the Travelers Walk MS, raising $1.1 million toward its goal.

Hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, the event took place at 12 sites statewide to include Cheshire, Clinton, Enfield, Litchfield, Manchester, New London, Norwalk, Simsbury, Storrs, West Hartford, West Haven and Woodstock.

“This year’s turnout for the event was remarkable,” said Lisa Gerrol, Connecticut Chapter president.  The state-wide outpouring of support for families affected by multiple sclerosis provides hope and help for so many,” said Lisa Gerrol, Connecticut Chapter president. “It’s clear communities across the state understand the challenges facing people with multiple sclerosis and are eager to join the movement to help find a cure.”

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease, usually 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 Walk MS, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to Connecticut residents affected by MS.

The chapter raised $1.1 million last year. To date the Travelers Walk MS has raised $1.1 million toward a $1.5 million 2008 goal. Site specific fundraising goals are as follows:

Cheshire - $250,000

Clinton - $88,000

Enfield 42,000

Litchfield 68,500

Manchester 130,500

New London 98,000

Norwalk 276,000

Simsbury - $78,000

Storrs - $34,000

West Hartford - $175,500

West Haven - $119,000

Woodstock - $45,000

The prize deadline for submitting outstanding individual and team pledges is June 2. For more information regarding outstanding pledges and prize eligibility, please call Michelle Zimnoch, Development Director, at 860-714-2300, ext. 241.

For More Information
Contact Karen Butler
Vice President of Communications
Phone: 860.714.2300, ext. 230


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