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Windsor 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities

June 10, 2014

Banana Bike team supporters Sharlene Cancel, New Britain, Mike Stacy, Rocky Hill, Ben Stacy, Rocky Hill, and Danielle Vollono, East Haven, celebrated the kick-off of the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, in Windsor. Stacy, a radio personality for WRCH Lite 100.5 who captains the Banana Bike MS fundraising team, received an award for his 25 years of continuous support at the start of the 25-mile route.  His son, Ben, spent the day dressed as the banana man, the team’s mascot. While Stacy usually participated in the ride, he had to sit the year out due to an injury, but still served as an emcee and entertainer for the other cyclists. Stacy and his team have raised more than $8,000 for the ride, exceeding the $7,500 goal set at the beginning of the year. Stacy anticipates a final fundraising amount of more than $10,000. 

Surrounded by family, East Hampton resident Dick Schroth holds his granddaughter, Lilly, after completing the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, in Windsor.

From Left To Right: Geoffrey Hayward, Dick Schroth, Lilly Hayward, Linda Schroth, Jon Schroth. Schroth, now president of his own company, Schroth Systems Consulting, Inc., rode 25-miles with his wife, Linda, son Jon and daughter Alison in support of a family friend, Lorenzo Rogala-Noland, of Middletown, who is living with MS. Team Lorenzo has participated in every June Bike MS event, in Windsor, since the team was established in 2006. With a core of family and friends, including Schroth’s wife and children, the team usually rides with about 20 participants, and the miles covered vary from year to year. To date, the team has raised more than $2,000 toward a $5,000 goal.

Windsor Locks resident Andre Troughton sets off on the 100-mile route of the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, in Windsor. Troughton, an engineer at Pratt and Whitney for 12 years, completed the ride in support of a family member living with multiple sclerosis. 

St. Francis Care employees gather before the start of the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, on Sunday, June 1, in Windsor. The team was co-captained by Jeffrey Moss, of South Windsor, and Jae Lorenzet, of Ellington. Moss is a physician’s assistant and Lorenzet is a registered nurse, both within the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Care. The team has ridden together since 2008. Team St. Francis Care was made up of 33 employees, who to date have raised $4,000 toward a $6,000 fundraising goal. 

Aetna associates gear up for the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, in Windsor.

From Left To Right: David Gladstone, Middletown, Nancy Kotchko, Wethersfield, Julie Gladstone, Middletown, Jo Ann Bentley, Farmington, Michelle Tuscano, East Windsor, Neil Young, Berlin, and Irene Young, Berlin. Together, the team has exceeded its fundraising goal of raising $6,000 for the Bike MS ride. 

Bob Desmarais, of Bristol’s Biker’s Edge works on a bike before the start of the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities. Desmarais has worked at the shop for 34 years and has been assisting at the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s Bike MS event for 15 years. Roughly 500 cyclists saddled up for Bike MS on Sunday, June 1. To date, the event has raised $183,000 of a $250,000 goal. 

Andy Dorfman, Enfield, Becky Dorfman, Enfield, Barry Vassallo, East Windsor, Lisa Guerard, Enfield, and Steve Guerard, Enfield, show off their medals after completing the 2014 Praxair Bike MS Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities on Sunday, June 1, in Windsor. The group works together at A.W. Hastings, a New England distributor for Marvin Windows and Doors, located in Enfield. Becky Dorfman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in June of 2012. In support of her, the Wolf Pack Bike MS fundraising team was formed and 2014 was the team’s first Bike MS ride. Together the team members have raised half of a $2,000 fundraising goal.

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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