Helen's Heroes Second Annual Golf Classic Raises $6,700


ORANGE, Conn. — The second annual Helen’s Heroes Golf Classic attracted 64 golfers and raised $6,700. The event took place Friday, June 20, at the Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange, Conn.

“The turnout was amazing again this year,” said Bob Lukaszek, who established the event. “The community came out in force for not only a great day of golf but for a truly worthy cause.”

Lukaszek established the classic in honor of his sister, Helen Langello, who in 2003 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The classic benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter and its mission to end the devastating effects of MS. Funds raised through events, such as the Helen’s Heroes Golf Classic, ensure ongoing scientific research to find and cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter.

“My sister is my best friend and the most resilient, positive person I know,” said Lukaszek, an East Haven resident who works as a printing and direct mail consultant with Harty Integrated Solutions in New Haven. “Helen is doing remarkably well with the help of her medication. She maintains a positive attitude. My hope is that this annual golf classic will significantly help to raise awareness and funds that lead to a cure. I know we will continue to succeed.”

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Langello, live with the effects of multiple sclerosis. The cause is unknown and, as a result, there currently is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

“I really enjoy doing this and would love to soon be able to say that we’ve raised $100,000 to help find a cure,” says Lukaszek.

Some of the Golf Classic sponsors include Harty Press, Berkshire Litho, George, Kevin, & Mike Platt, Klaff’s Inc., Post Road Chiropractic, Edward Jones Investments, Forsa Sports, True Blue Environmental, Angelina’s Apizza, Screen Tek and East Haven Landscape Products. For more information on the Helen’s Heroes Golf Classic, please visit www.helensheroes.com.

For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to become involved, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org


National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, public relations intern Megan Alexander is resident of Cheshire attending Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. Alexander is majoring in public relations and psychology. If you or someone you know would be interested in completing and internship with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter Communications Department, please contact Karen E. Butler at kbutler@ctfightsMS.org.


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