MADISON, Conn. – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, has named Darren Kramer, WTNH News 8 anchor, grand marshal for the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities, on Sunday, June 1, in Windsor and Sunday, June 8, in Westport.
Kramer’s mother-in-law is forced to use a wheelchair as a result of the effects of MS, and he returns to the ride for his seventh year as grand marshal. This year, Kramer will also saddle up to fundraise and ride for a cure.
“My mother-in-law has lived with the effects of multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years,” said Kramer, a resident of Madison. “The fight against MS is personal, and I’m committed to doing what I can to move us closer to a cure.”
Kramer first joined the New Haven-based WTNH News 8 in 1998 and returned to News 8 in 2006 after a little more than two years in Chicago. The station is a longtime partner with the chapter and Kramer has worked closely with the chapter, as his personal connection to multiple sclerosis motivates him to keep saddling up.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents are affected by multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating 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, loss of mobility and, in some sever cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.
Cyclists at the Windsor location will gather at Griffin Land and ride across the Connecticut countryside, opting to cycle 2, 10, 25, 50 or even 100 miles. Participants are encouraged to either establish a fundraising team or join an already established team. In Westport, the ride will begin at Sherwood Island State Park and travel along the Connecticut shoreline. Route options include 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles, as well as a Kiddie Ride.
Last year, Bike MS attracted more than 800 cyclists and raised a record $578,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter. This year, the chapter hopes to raise $595,000.
Funds raised by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, through events such as Bike MS, ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure, as well as to provide vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in the state living with multiple sclerosis.
The registration fee is $35 per cyclist, with a $125 fundraising minimum per rider. The ride will take place rain or shine, and includes a finish-line barbecue.
Community partners for the ride include WTNH News 8, 95.9 The Fox and WRCH Lite 100.5
For more information on the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.