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Walk MS returns to 12 Connecticut towns in 2013

By National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter

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Nine-year-old Cameron Gregory, West Hartford, cuts the ribbon at the start of the 2012 Travelers Walk MS in West Hartford. Onlookers include Barbara Fratamico, Smithtown, N.Y., whose son-in-law, Darren Kramer grand marshals the event; Lisa Gerrol, president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter; Lindsay Noble, Cromwell; her mother, Judy Noble, Cromwell; Darren Kramer, Madison, WTNH News 8; and Renee DiNino, Wethersfield, The River 105.9. The 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held at 12 sites statewide on Sunday, April 21. For more information or to register for the 2013 Walk MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org. (contributed photo)
HARTFORD, CT - Connecticut residents will once again step out from 12 sites across the state for the 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of multiple sclerosis. In a show of support, each year thousands of loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers lace up and step out at Walk MS in solidarity for a single cause: to create a world free of MS.

In 2012, more than 10,000 participants participated in Walk MS and raised a record $1.38 million. Team Travelers was the top fundraising team in the state as they raised $70,071. Robert Flowers was the top individual fundraiser, raising $41,224. This year, the chapter hopes to raise $1.4 million.

The 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 12 sites across the state.

The walk sites include: Cheshire at Cheshire High School, Clinton at Joel Elementary School, Danbury at Western Connecticut State University – Westside Campus, Enfield at JFK Middle School, Litchfield at Litchfield Town Green, Manchester at Manchester Community College, New London at Mitchell College, Simsbury at Westminster School, Stamford at Commons Park at Harbor Point, West Hartford at the University of Connecticut – West Hartford Campus, West Haven at West Haven High School and Westport at Sherwood Island State Park.

Each walk site will feature 2.5- and 5-mile fully-accessible routes. Participants will return to a finish-line party with entertainment, activities, and lunch, provided compliments of Subway restaurants and Coca-Cola.

For a seventh year, Darren Kramer, WTNH News 8 anchor, will return to serve as grand marshal. News 8 meteorologist Gil Simmons will lead the charge from West Haven.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease. It’s generally diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms can range from numbness in the extremities, to 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 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.

To learn more about Walk MS or to pre-register, visit www.ctfightsMS.org and click the “Walk MS” button, or call 860-913-2550.

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