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Farmington Resident Comes In Second
HARTFORD, Conn. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Connecticut Chapter hosted the 26th annual bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, presented by SAAB, on June 3 in Windsor, Conn. Participants saddled up to cycle 2-, 10-, 25-, 50- or 100-mile routes. Glastonbury, Conn., resident Evan Flaschen, a cyclist on team Maag Wheels completing the 100-mile route, has been named top fundraiser, raising more than $42,000. John Formica, a resident of Farmington, Conn., came in second, raising $27,000 and Billy Maag, also a resident of Glastonbury and captain of Maag Wheels, was third, raising $7,395. Team Maag Wheels raised $71,431 and has been named the 2007 top fundraising team. The team has raised more than 176,000 since 1996.
"Multiple sclerosis is one of those diseases where, sadly, virtually everyone knows a family member, friend or colleague who faces the physical and emotional challenges associated with the disease," said Flaschen, an international financial restructuring partner with the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, who has raised more than $120,000 since 2003. "I am proud to do what I can to help support those battling the unpredictable and oftentimes debilitating effects of MS."
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown, and, as a result, there is currently no cure for MS. 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. Funds raised through participation in chapter events, such as the bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in Connecticut affected by MS.
The 2007 bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, presented by SAAB, raised a record breaking $301,000 and attracted more than 550 cyclists. The 2008 bike tour will be held Sunday, June 1. For more information, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/.
CUTLINE: Glastonbury resident Evan Flaschen, who has raised more than $120,000 since 2003, celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the 2007 bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, held Sunday, June 3, in Windsor, Conn. Flaschen has been named the this year’s top fundraiser, raising more than $42,000 for the 2007 bike tour event.
CUTLINE: Farmington resident John Formica, who raised $27,000 in the 2007 bkm/Steelcase MS Bike Tour, poses with top fundraiser Evan Flaschen at the June 3 tour in Windsor, Conn. Formica has been named the tour’s fundraising runner up.
Karen E. Butler