Second Annual Cycle 4 CMT exceeds expectations


The Second Annual Cycle 4 CMT event held on Sept. 20 was a success in so many ways, organizer Chris Ouellette said.

While the disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth is relatively unknown, Chris Ouellette of Shelburne and his family work tirelessly to promote awareness of the condition that causes loss of normal function and sensation in the arms and legs.

This year’s support resulted in a fundraising total of $230,000. That was made up of $115,000 plus an anonymous match donation of $115,000, Ouellette said.

The first annual Cycle 4 CMT fundraising event organized by Ouellette and his wife, Mia, last October was inspired by the positive attitude of their 22-year-old nephew, Yohan Bouchard, who has a CMT diagnosis.

“We exceeded our 2015 goal of $200,000 and exceeded last year’s fundraising total by $160,000,” he said. “The money raised will directly fund the required research to stop the progression and eventually cure CMT. We sincerely appreciate the support provided by all of our family, friends, sponsors and donors. All of you made a big difference in the lives of Yohan and those with CMT.”

All rides began and ended at The Old Lantern in Charlotte. Event participation this year included 150 people who directly participated in the event (70 cyclists, 80 non-cyclists). This is an increase of 50 percent when compared to last year, Ouellette said. But more than 450 people personally touched this year’s event. This represents an increase of 25 percent when compared to last year, he said.

More than 60 local companies supported this year’s event. “This is an increase of 50 percent when compared to last year,” Ouellette said. “We appreciate the overwhelming support demonstrated by each and every one of you,” Ouellette said.

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