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West Haven Community Prepares To Lace Up & Step Out For A 13th Year

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) daily. In a show of support, each year hundreds of loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers throughout West Haven and surrounding communities — including Hamden and New Haven — lace up and step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the devastating effects of MS.

West Haven High School will, for a 13th year, host the Travelers Walk MS, Sunday, May 4. Check-in and registration begin at 8 a.m., and participants will step out at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided compliments of Subway and Coca-Cola.

Last year 831 West Haven participants helped raise $108,294 toward the 2007 $1.1 million goal.

"Year after year, West Haven-area residents come out in large numbers to demonstrate support for those in their community battling multiple sclerosis," said Karen E. Butler, National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter vice president of communications. "Individuals work together, as planning committee members and participants, in a single effort to raise funds to find a cure."

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 1,351 residents of New Haven County live with the baffling and unpredictable effects of multiple sclerosis, of which 76 reside in West Haven. 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 & Serono. For more information or to register, please 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.


Contact: Karen Butler
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 860.714.2300, ext. 230
Cell Phone: 860.997.4487


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