MS Regatta nearly doubles fundraising goal this year

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sailboats cruised Portland's Casco Bay on Saturday for the 33rd Annual MS Regatta.

With a $50,000 match donation, Kitt Watson and his team sailboat "Too Elusive" helped to nearly double the amount usually raised at the event.

"I try to stress to my family in life you can't do this alone," said Watson. "You have a team."

According to the National MS Society New England Chapter, more than 3,000 Mainers suffer from MS-- a disease without a cure.

"The work that people are doing here at the Regatta is really changing people lives here in Maine and across New England," Lori Espino with the MS Society.

The money raised goes to the National MS Society to fund research and new methods for treatment.

"People would usually slowly decline, and there was no hope," said Espino. "And now there are 10 drugs with more in pipeline. A couple are oral, which are new this year."

The Regatta is providing a way for skippers like Kitt to couple their love for sailing with fundraising for MS. It's especially important to those with a personal connection to the disease.

If you or someone you know is suffering from MS, the National MS Society may be able to help. The toll-free number to call is: 1-800-344-4867. Or visit


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