Mark and Doris Zakrzewski stand behind their top fundraising medallion while being surrounded by nearly 70 members of Mark’s Polish Power Walk MS team. The team raised nearly $6,000 for the 2016 Travelers Walk MS on Sunday, April 17 in Cheshire.
In 2006, Mark Zakrzewski was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic often debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there is currently no cure. Symptoms can include numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility, and in some more severe cases, total paralysis.
Over 2,000 people took to the pavement in Cheshire to help raise funds to support ongoing scientific research to find a cure for MS. Funds also provide vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut chapter, to the more than 6,500 residents in the state living with multiple sclerosis.
The Cheshire walk was one of five held the weekend of April 16 and 17 and four additional walks will be held the weekend of April 30 and May 1 in East Hartford, Stamford, Litchfield and West Haven. The chapter’s goal is to raise $1.4 million through Walk MS events. Fundraising will continue into the month of May.
For more information on multiple sclerosis, or to participate in an upcoming Walk MS event, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.