By: Elizabeth Ouellette
The Cycle (And Walk!) 4 CMT event took place on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in Charlotte, VT at the Old Lantern Inn and Barn. We have some great news – we met and surpassed all expectations by bringing in over $215,000 for CMT research. This year, we had 150 attendees, 400+ donors, and 60 dedicated event sponsors! The money raised will advance CMT research geared toward upcoming clinical trials. We are in awe of our supporters!
Organizer and CMTA board member Chris Ouellette is determined to make a tangible difference in the life of his nephew Yohan Bouchard and all those with CMT. With little to no fundraising experience and touched by his nephew Yohan’s courage and positive attitude, Chris launched the Cycle 4 CMT four years ago, in the summer of 2013. Over the past 4 years, the Ouellette/Bouchard family, along with the generous support of family, friends and CMT community members have raised a total of $640,000!
After one full year on crutches, unable to bear weight on his left foot, Yohan’s goal was to walk a mile – a decidedly challenging feat. Calling in from Claremont, California where Yohan is attending graduate school, he publically announced the success of his 1-mile walk and bestowed the title of “Best Uncle Ever” onto to Chris with an honorary tee-shirt. We used a lot of Kleenex that day to dab the tears shed from such an emotional display of love and compassion.
In a letter of thank you to all our generous donors, Yohan writes, “Due to multiple foot surgeries, this past year has been extremely difficult, but your unwavering encouragement and friendship have truly helped me to keep my spirits up – the idea of giving up was never, ever an option. I am eternally grateful for your generous gifts and steadfast belief in my capacities.”
This event has brought not only the local community, families, and friends together fighting for a common goal, but has also forged long-lasting relationships, especially between an uncle and his nephew. We all feel fortunate to have the genuine support and caring of so many individuals.
The 5th annual Cycle (and Walk!) 4 CMT is scheduled for Sunday, August 26, 2018. We’d love to have you in attendance. It truly is an unforgettable day! www.cycle4cmt.com