Alums raise 20K for MS Society

By Matt Shearman ’10

This past weekend, Lynn alums tested their physical endurance in support of the Lynn University cycling team and their efforts to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the second year running. The Lynn team had 41 registered cyclists, making them the eighth largest team participating in the MS ride this year.  Of these 41, the following Lynn alumni participated: Jay Brandt ’99, ’01, Matt Roos ’08, Jon Roos ’08, Stefano Papaleo ’94, Matthew Chaloux ’05, Jan Carlsson ’94, Michael Forgione ’01, David Fromhold ’07, Juan Tamayo ’05, Stacey Bauberger ’07 and Armando Castillo ’09.  All headed south in their custom-made cycling uniforms.

The event commenced at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and finished up at John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo. Cyclists had the option to ride 50 or 75 miles the first day. Jessica Burke, captain of the Lynn team, explains, “The majority of our team rode the full 75 miles on Saturday, and on Sunday, we were supposed to ride the 75 miles back from Pennekamp to the Speedway.  Unfortunately, the National MS Society ended up officially cancelling the ride on Sunday due to the weather.  Some members of our team have decided to do their own make-up ride next Sunday, April 25, at 7 a.m., from A1A and Palmetto Park Road up to the Palm Beach Inlet and back, which is approximately 65 miles.”

Combined, the Lynn team managed to raise about $20,000 for the National MS Society, making them the 11th highest fundraising team.