More MS news articles for Sep 2001

Resident rides bike for brother

September 17, 2001

BRISTOL -- Motivation is key to completing lengthy tests of athletic stamina. For Stephan Masotti, the motivation to complete the MS Sights and Sounds Bike Tour presented by Bayer, is a familiar face -- his brother.
Masotti, 43, will ride 115 miles in honor is his 48-year-old brother who's been battling MS since the age of 26, and had been bed-ridden for the last 10 years.

Through the years, he has lost many of his faculties because of attacks. His wife and two daughters have demonstrated tremendous strength fighting the insurance companies to keep their husband and father in their caring home.

He also has recently become a grandfather and for all these reasons, Masotti will pedal the more than 100-mile route to assist in raising money for services, programs and research for the more than 12,000 state residents affected by MS.

"If one person could avoid going through what my brother has had to endure because of my efforts, I will gladly help," said Stephan.

Sept. 22 and 23, Masotti will join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Connecticut Chapter for its 6th annual MS Sights and Sounds Bike Tour, presented by Bayer, to raise funds for research, services and programs for those affected by multiple sclerosis.

The two-day tour will start and finish at Hammonasset State Park with an overnight stay at the Sunrise Resort in Moodus.

The event covers a total of 115 miles, 55 miles the first day and 60 miles the second.

©The Bristol Press 2001