Monday, February 27, 2012

Calhoun Event Raises $100,000 for Autism

The first annual Jim Calhoun CardioRaiser – Workout for Autism Speaks, presented by Farmington Bank, was held Sunday at Cardio Express in Manchester and Southington. Coach Calhoun was unable to attend due to a back problem requiring surgery. Coach Kevin Ollie and President and CEO of Farmington Bank stood in for him.

Hundreds of participants chose from a variety of cardio activities including Zumba, spinning, running or walking on treadmills, stair climbing, elliptical training, or riding a stationary bike. It is expected the event will raise $100,000 for autism.

“I am deeply committed to the cause of helping families confronting the many challenges of autism. It is my hope that this annual event will bring Connecticut families together to raise dollars so important to all those facing this complex neurobiological disorder. I am extremely grateful for all of the community support we have received thus far – presenting sponsor Farmington Bank, Cardio Express, The River 105.9, Country 92.5 and Panera Bread," said Coach Calhoun.

The dollars raised will go to the Connecticut Chapter of Autism Speaks and be used to fund global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bring hope and help to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder here in Connecticut.

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