Kelly Dannahey of Rocky Hill, Darren Kramer of Madison, and Mike Stacy of Rocky Hill, were some of the hundreds of people who were apart of the 2012 Bike MS: Red Thread Ride+Steelcase Ride in Windsor on June 3.
Dannahey, who rode on the Banana Team, cycled the 50-mile route in honor of friend Jenifer Walsh, who lives in Cheshire. Walsh, who for years participated in the bike event, can no longer ride a bike due to the effects of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. Kramer, who served as grand marshal, is an evening news anchor at WTNH News 8 in New Haven.
Stacy, an on-air personality at Lite 100.5 WRCH in Farmington, heads up the Banana Bike Team. Stacy and the station have been supporting the ride for more 22 years. To date, the Banana Team has raised almost $4,000. Stacy has raised more than $1,700, and Dannahey has raised more than $1,400. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure.
Funds also provide for vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,ooo residents in the state living with multiple sclerosis. More than 950 cyclists saddled up for Sunday, June 2, to raise approximately $435,000 toward a $500,000.
Fundraising for prizes continues through July 29. For more information on Bike MS: Red Thread+Steelcase Ride, presented by Louis Dreyfus Commodities, or to donate to the Banana Team, Mike Stacy or Kelly Dannahey, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.