Region - posted Jan, 18 2013
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. 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.