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Walk MS Team To Warm-Up With Zumba

January 24, 2012

The G TEAM, Good People Doing Good Things Steps Up Their Fundraising

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving, but in a defiant response, one Walk MS team is doing just the opposite.

The G TEAM; Good People, Doing Good Things, is hosting its second annual Zumba for MS fundraiser for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power. Last year’s event raised more than $1,200.

The Zumba for MS fundraising event takes place Sunday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1691 Café/Lounge in Bridgeport.

“We are doing the Zumba event again because what better way to keep people moving than by moving to music,” said Cynthia Lucero, captain of the G TEAM. “We had a great response last year and are excited to havethe opportunity to host it at a larger venuethis year.We are moving for those who can’t.”

Zumba is a Latin-infused dance work-out that has taken the fitness world by storm. After participants check-in and warm-up, they will participate in Zumba sessions with licensed area instructors Diana Figueroa, Jackie Vasquez, Heatherly Law, Elisa Irizarry, Nina Merlonghi and Gabby Molina. Each instructor will lead 20 to 30 minutes sets. At the end of the workout there will be refreshments and a drawing for prizes.

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Trumbull resident Cynthia Lucero, left, poses with her husband, Eddie Gutierrez, and their son, Roberto, at the 2011 Walk MS in Westport. Lucero leads The G Team; Good People, Doing Good Things at Walk MS for her husband, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. The team will host the Zumba For MS fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1691 Café/Lounge in Bridgeport. The team will step out for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, Sunday, April 22, at West Haven High School. For more information on DIY Fundraising, the Walk MS or to register for Walk MS, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

The cost for the event is a $20 donation to the G TEAM’s Walk MS fundraising efforts; which includes the Zumba workout, refreshments, and entry into the drawing. No experience is necessary; all are welcome.

But according to Lucero, participants should be ready to sweat.

“If people don't lose a pants size by the time they leave, they didn't shake it enough!” joked Lucero. “All kidding aside, the great thing about Zumba is that it can be modified to fit any level. As long as you can move some part of your body you can do it. Last year we had a few people with MS join us and everyone was able to participate at their own pace.”

“We started the G TEAM in 2007 after my husband Eddie was diagnosed with MS, so this will mark our fifth year participating in Walk MS and we really want to make it an exciting year,” said Lucero. “Our goal each year is to have a good time, and the more the merrier. We hope to continue to have more people join us for years to come.” 

Last year, the 35-member G TEAM; Good People, Doing Good Things walk team raised $3,840 in West Haven at West Haven High School. This being their fifth year, the G TEAM is determined to raise $5,000.

The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, will step out from 12 sites statewide on Sunday, April 22.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and, as a result, there currently is no cure. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to Connecticut residents affected by MS.

The Zumba for MS fundraiser is an example of Do It Yourself fundraising. The Connecticut Chapter receives numerous inquiries each year from individuals and organizations wishing to stage their own fundraising events to help in the fight against MS. These volunteer-coordinated events - called "Do-It-Yourself" events - are run by interested volunteers independently from the chapter, and can include golf tournaments, bake sales, wine tastings, casual dress days and more. To learn more or start your own Do It Yourself fundraising event, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org and click the “Do It Yourself fundraising” button.

For more information on the Zumba for MS fundraising event, contact Cynthia Lucero at 203-258-9821, or cynthiamlucero@yahoo.com. To register in advance, go to 1691 Café/Lounge at 1691 Main Street, Bridgeport, or call 203-908-3853.

To learn more about multiple sclerosis or to register for Walk MS, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org and click the “Walk MS” button.

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About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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