Flags of hope for those who suffer from MS

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– It is a sea of ‘orange flags’ in Hartford. They’re called the flags of hope and that ‘hope’ is that someday no one will suffer from MS.

Each bright orange flag represents a person. A person battling multiple sclerosis.

Jacqueline Sembor could put a name to three flags, her aunt, her cousin, and…

“In high school I also had one of my very good friends was diagnosed with pediatric M.S. when she was just 16-years-old,” said Sembor.

Six thousand flags will wave over the Aetna Campus lawn. That’s the number of people diagnosed with the disease in the state.

It’s an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

“We know that our employees are affected by it and we know there are a lot of people who are not aware of the disease and the impact of the disease,” said Floyd Green, VP of Communications for Aetna.

About twenty volunteers helped plant the flags. The MS society hopes these will spread awareness and motivation to find a cure.

flags of hope event

“There are probably more people with MS than 6,000. Six thousand are registered with us what I really think is we need to put an end to this disease, we don’t want flags. We want there to be no MS in this world,” said Lisa Gerrol, Pres. of MS Society.

Last year the state got $7 million for research. Research that goes to find a cure so that patients could maybe one day be free from the disease.

“This is real. This is going on you need to be aware of it and get involved,” said Sembor.

And their work isn’t done yet. They’ve got a walk coming up on April 5th and 6th.

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