The Inspiration Behind the Cycle
Chris’ nephew, Yohan Bouchard, is the inspiration behind the Cycle (and Walk!) 4 CMT event.
Event founder, Chris Ouellette, was inspired to start the Cycle 4 CMT by his nephew, Yohan Bouchard, who was diagnosed with CMT, a progressive and currently incurable nerve disease, at the age of 7 years old. Chris explains, “I experienced Yohan’s ongoing battle with CMT from being an active kid enjoying snowboarding, walking, and hiking to abandoning these activities all together due to the complications of his CMT. My love for him drove my determination to find a cure for this disorder.”
In 2014, Yohan’s Uncle Chris had a vision and drive –he wanted to provide individuals with CMT the opportunity to experience outdoor activities that define Vermonters and their culture. The Cycle (and Walk!) 4 CMT accomplishes this vision is through fundraising in support of research to stop the progression and prevent CMT in the future.
The funds raised go to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA), whose mission is to support the development of new drugs to treat CMT, to improve the quality of life for those with CMT and ultimately to find a cure for the 3 million people worldwide who have the disease. From one to millions across the globe, this event’s ripple effect has been extensive and wide-spread.
This event also gives Yohan and the many others with CMT hope for a much-needed treatment, one which will stop the progression of CMT. To date, the Cycle 4 CMT has raised more than 1 million dollars for CMT research. Join us. Get involved. Be part of the solution. You will be changing lives, one step at a time.