Cromwell residents, left to right, Celeste Proulx, Luann Lawrence, Rep. Christie Carpino, and Renee and Carlos Jacinto pose at MS Action Day on March 13 at the State Capitol Building in Hartford. Carpino, whose father-in-law has multiple sclerosis, represents the towns of Cromwell, Middletown and Portland.
Proulx, Lawrence and Renee Jacinto each live with MS. Key points of discussion during MS Action Day included the need for increased homecare funding for people living with disability between the ages of 18 and 64 and energy assistance. Among others, guest speakers included and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and chief of staff Mark Ojakian, whose father, brother and sister all battle multiple sclerosis.
Early in the morning, more than 30 volunteers planted 6,000 MS Flags of Hope in recognition of each of the 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. The initiative was held in conjunction with MS Awareness week. Many of the participating activists are also involved in Connecticut Chapter fundraising events, such as the Travelers Walk MS, which this year will take place at 12 sites across Connecticut Sunday, April 22. For more information on MS and the many ways the chapter assists people battling multiple sclerosis or to register for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.