Walk MS Team To Honor Petit Family With Zumba Event
Apr 12, 2012
Sarah LaRocca, Communications Intern
In a few weeks,
the “Forever Michaela” Walk MS team will be hosting their first-annual Zumba for
MS fundraiser event in support of the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North
American Power. The event will take place a week before the walk on Sunday,
April 15, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Energy Fitness club on
“Don’t call it a Zumba-thon,” jokes Dayna Ollero, whose daughter Elizabeth, 16, can be credited with organizing this event. “It’s nothing that crazy, just people dancing for a great cause and getting a serious workout in the process.”
Zumba is a Latin-infused dance workout that has become very popular in the fitness world within the past few years. Registration for the event begins at 12:15 p.m. and the two-hour Zumba session will begin shortly after, with people urged to come and go as they please.
Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children on the day of the event. Team t-shirts will also be available for purchase for $10 and all funds raised will be donated to the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure for MS.
As their team
name suggests, the “Forever Michaela” Walk MS team, as well as this upcoming
Zumba event, has been put together in memory of
Michaela Petit, the youngest victim of the tragic home-invasion that occurred in
16, one of Michaela’s closest friends throughout childhood, has been fundraising
in one way or another since the tragic loss of Michaela and her sister, Hayley,
and mother, Jennifer.
“These kinds of events are meaningful on many leveles,” admits Dayna Ollero, whose family will be walking in Litchfield. “They are somewhat bittersweet. But they are also a sweet way to bring the community together to remember Michaela and her family for the loving people that they always were.”
“I don’t want
Michaela’s memory to ever fade away,” says
The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, will step out from 12 sites statewide on Sunday, April 22.
More than 6,000
For more information on the Zumba for MS fundraising event, please contact Dayna Ollero at 203-917-2985 or email her at [email protected]. To learn more about Michaela Petit’s story or the “Forever Michaela” Walk Team, go to www.forevermichaela.com.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis or to register for Walk MS, please visitwww.ctfightsMS.organd click the “Walk MS” button.
NOTE: Sarah R.
LaRocca is a communications major at the