More than 200 people took part in the 6th Annual Cycle (and Walk!) 4 CMT in Charlotte, Vermont, on August 25, 2019. With more than 100 sponsors, including the Manning Personnel Group and Turbomed, the event surpassed its $200,000 goal, bringing the six-year total to more than $1 million for CMT research.
Participants came from far and wide and included Paralympic champion Anthony Zahn and his wife Liz Bernstein, from California, and people from many northeastern states, as well as Texas, Florida and Virginia.
Whitney Wright, 17, from Franklin County, Vermont, not only connected with other people with CMT for the very first time in her life, but she also met another woman who shares the same rare type and they are now friends.
Event founder, Chris Ouellette, noted the record number of participants, sponsors and donations, which included 100 cyclists, 75 walkers, 100 event sponsors and more than 1,000 individual donations. “Many, many thanks to all our volunteers, sponsors, participants and donors who chose to get involved to fund critical research to treat and find a cure for CMT,” Ouellette said, adding, “You are making a mighty impact, changing the course of CMT for the generations of today and tomorrow.”
In addition to local participants, 20 enthusiastic participants did their “OWN” challenges (walks, rides, and a horseback adventure) on their “OWN” terms, in their “OWN” time frames. The 7th Annual Cycle (and Walk!) 4 CMT will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2020.