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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Biking for Fibromyalgia

Team to Raise Awaress During 3,000-mile journey


Denise Stone, of Long Valley, New Jersey, will bike across America to help raise awareness of fibromyalgia and funding for the National Fibromyalgia Association. Denise is a rider on Team CYCLE SMART, which will participate in the Race Across America event. The team will start the 3,000-mile journey June 11 in Oceanside, California and will finish seven days later in Annapolis, Maryland.

 Team Cycle Smart RAAM

Team CYCLE SMART is a community service project presented by Dream Ride Projects, a nonprofit organization based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania whose mission is promoting healthy lifestyles and disease prevention through bicycling activities, programs, and special projects. The Team’s related goal is through its participation in the Race Across America (RAAM) event, which will select up to 30 nonprofit organizations to partner with in a shared ambition to raise more than $180,000.


“I am really looking forward to being part of this team and to realize my dream to not only ride across the country but to make a difference by riding for charity,” writes Denise on the team website. “I will ride for the National Fibromyalgia Association for my good friend, Deb Feather, to help raise awareness of this highly unrecognized chronic pain illness.”


Team CYCLE SMART, which began practicing for the ride last November, has three other riders who will ride on behalf of other nonprofit organizations. The team will be supported by four crew members and seven RV Support individuals. Two of these participants, Deb Feather and Sylvia Newcomer, have fibromyalgia. Deb is a former athlete who refuses to let the disorder control her life. She has struggled with FM for 12 years. Sylvia, who has been an avid cyclist since 1976 and began a racing career shortly thereafter that spanned six years, has been beset with fibromyalgia since the early 1990s. Deb and Sylvia, along with team members Brenda Weaver and Judy Flowers are also raising money for the National Fibromyalgia Association.



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