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In Full Bloom

Zolla Pizzo, LMT Apr 6, 2011

The literal definition of the word volunteer, [a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking without pay] is in full bloom this spring at the Sarasota ETM Studio!   Therapist Zolla Pizzo, for the second year in a row will be supporting endurance athletes cycling across America for The Children's Heart Foundation.

"BIKE4theCHF" rides to raise funds for congenital heart defect research.  Two cyclists, one a congenital heart defect (CHD) survivor, the second a husband of a CHD survivor are cycling across America with the goal of raising $75,000 for The Children's Heart Foundation (CHF), raise awareness of congenital heart defects, and to provide hope to those affected by congenital heart defects.

Nels Matson, 28 of Bradenton, FL and Nicholas Busta, 25 of Camarillo, CA will cycle over 3,800 miles from San Francisco, CA to New York, NY beginning June 1st finishing July 16, 2011, averaging 100 miles per day.  During the rigorous ride, Zolla will be the sole massage therapist supporting the cyclists by providing specific sport massage therapy.  Additionally, Zolla is the Crew Coordinator for Logistics of the event; driving the SAG van, capturing from the road video and pictures, and organizing Meet & Greets with Kids4theCHF families in 12 of the major metropolitan cities.

The CHF defines Kids4theCHF as children who have been diagnosed with a CHD and provide hope and inspiration to other kids and families facing a diagnosis.  KIDS4theCHF are also children who were diagnosed with a CHD at birth and have since passed away.  At the 7 a.m. departure from each city, BIKE4theCHF will dedicate segments of the journey to local children with congenital heart defects and invite those affected to sign Maton's and Busta's road bikes.

The management staff at our Sarasota ETM studio is proudly supporting Zolla's sabbatical (5/20 - 7/29/2011) this summer with a send off party in early May 2011.   We hope you can join our send-off for Zolla and meet local cyclist Nels Matson.  The road bike from the 2010 tour signed by CHD kids and families will be present along with information on how you can help this amazing cause battling our nations #1 birth defect, Congenital Heart Disease.

Follow BIKE4theCHF, register to ride, or make a donation by visiting: www.BIKE4theCHF.org. You can also follow the BIKE4CHF ride on Facebook (TeamCHF) and on Twitter (@teamCHF).

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