Local bicyclists join fundraising ride to fight multiple sclerosis
Monday, June 11,
Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties' First Online Edition
By WARREN DILLAWAY
CONNEAUT - The three Conneaut members of the Saddle Soar Cycle Club found their way home Sunday with 1,700 of their closest friends.
Shane Brown, Pat
Davin and John Gilpin clipped off the miles knowing that when the completed
their trek their 12-person team would have raised more than $10,000 to
fight multiple sclerosis.
Brown coordinated the club in hopes of raising money and plugging in to an event that has made Conneaut its home since the mid 1990s.
"I just started calling people I know," Brown said. He said team members with the disease, who did not ride, that live in Conneaut were Rob Eager, Cathy Fuller and Pat Laughlin.
Eager, who was diagnosed with the disease 3 1/2-years ago, said he really appreciated the efforts of the riders. He said it was a bit more personal knowing he was apart of the effort after watching the riders pass his Broad Street home during the past six or seven years.
Al Rota of Cleveland also made a unique trip to Conneaut by way of Pittsburgh. He said he met a friend in Pittsburgh for his fifth or sixth MS 150 and also has an added reason for riding.
"My wife has MS and supports the cause and I like to take care of my own," Rota said.
Jo Stephenson of Pittsburgh made the trip with friends Kim Zytnick and Phillis Shaprio for the first time. "We had a great ride. The camaraderie was incredible.
One of the by-products of the trip, however, will be slightly different dietary choice for the next several days. "If I eat another banana, I will die," she said.
Brown credited the organizers with good planning. "The event was flawless," he said. Anyone interested in supporting the fundraising effort during the next several weeks can contact Brown at 161 Harbor St.