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Rock Cats Team up with Jenifer to Strike Out MS

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Purchase tickets from Team Jenifer, root for the New Britain Rock Cats, and take a swing at MS.

Team Jenifer, a Travelers Walk MS team, is selling tickets to the Rock Cats’ game versus the Erie SeaWolves, which will take place Tuesday, Aug. 19. Half of the proceeds from tickets sold by Team Jenifer will go toward vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

Jenifer Walsh, 43, a resident of Cheshire, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago. Since her initial diagnosis, she and her family have worked together to inspire friends and relatives to help raise awareness and critically needed funds to find a cure.

“Although the effects of MS can affect everyday activities, those of us battling the unpredictable effects of this disease strive to live as normal lives as possible,” said Walsh, team captain. “We do experience our ups and downs, but most people with multiple sclerosis work to remain positive and upbeat. We long for a cure and we believe science is close.”

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Walsh, battle the baffling effects of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating 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 extremities, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progression, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. Funds raised through events, such as the Rock Cats game night fundraiser, ensure the continuation of scientific research to find a cure, and provide for vital programs and services offered by the chapter to Connecticut residents living with multiple sclerosis.

“We look for ways to support communities statewide,” said William Dowling, Rock Cats president and CEO. “We are pleased to team up with Team Jenifer and the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.”

Festivities will include Harley Davidson Night, presented by TSI Harley-Davidson, including a hat give-away, pre-game ride, happy hour and, compliments of Harte Auto Group, kids eat free.

The New Britain Rock Cats baseball stadium is at 230 John Karbonic Way in New Britain, Conn. Tickets are $8 per person; the game begins around 7:05 p.m. For more information on purchasing tickets for the Aug. 19 game, please contact Don Walsh at 203-271-1332 or teamjenifer@aol.com.

To learn more about supporting Team Jenifer or establishing a Walk MS team, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860-714-WALK. To learn more about the effects of MS and the many ways to Join The Movement, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, public relations intern Sarah Glaser is resident of Cheshire attending Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. Glaser is majoring in graphic and advertising design. If you or someone you know would be interested in completing an internship with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter Communications Department, please contact Karen E. Butler at kbutler@ctfightsMS.org.

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



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