Iron Maidens Team Raises More Than $8,000 To Help Find A Cure
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. Led by grand Marshal Kevin Hogan, WFSB Eyewitness News Channel 3, the Iron Maidens & The Band of Brothers MS Motorcycle Ride team revved up with hundreds of other bikers Sunday, Aug. 3, for the eighth annual National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter MS Motorcycle Ride at Cadillac Ranch in Southington, Conn. The team also revved up its fundraising efforts, more than doubling that raised by the team in 2007.
The annual benefit ride, moved this year from Ellington to Southington, attracted bikers from as far away as Fairfield in southern Connecticut and Windham in northern Connecticut. Some rode for loved ones affected by multiple sclerosis, and others diagnosed with MS rode to be a part of the cure.
Lawrence “Chip” Slater, a resident of Windham, participated in the Aug. 3 ride. Although just in his twenties, Slater has been living with the effects of multiple sclerosis for a few years.
“There are several medic ations on the market that actually slow progression of the disease,” said Slater, in an interview the day of the ride. “But there’s no actual cure yet. Researchers are working on it. So that’s why we’re here today to keep research moving forward.”
The 20-member Iron Maidens & Band of Brothers MS Motorcycle Ride team kicked off its fundraising efforts in May hosting the first Iron Maidens’ HOG Wild Pig Roast. The event raised more than $2,000. Since that time individual team members have urged family and friends to contribute. To date top five team fundraisers include Manchester resident Karen Butler, who has raised more than $4,000; Vernon resident Kiara Longo, who has raised more than $1,400; Manchester resident Sean Booska, who has raised almost $1,200; and Little Falls, N.J., resident Betsy Welch, who raised nearly $1,000.
Next year ’s National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter MS Motorcycle Ride will be again held in August. For more information, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/. To learn more about the Iron Maidens & The Band of Brothers MS Motorcycle Ride team, please contact Karen Butler at kbutler@ctfightsMS.org.
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