Watkins Glen: Coleman partners with Lupus Foundation

Coleman Drives Lupus Awareness at Watkins Glen Prominent Lupus board member launches fundraising bike ride at race (New York, NY) August 5, 2008 -- While Brad Coleman's No. 27 Ford will carry the familiar black Carino's Italian Grill theme this...

Coleman Drives Lupus Awareness at Watkins Glen
Prominent Lupus board member launches fundraising bike ride at race

(New York, NY) August 5, 2008 -- While Brad Coleman's No. 27 Ford will carry the familiar black Carino's Italian Grill theme this weekend at Watkins Glen, it will also boast a special partner to help raise awareness and funds for the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.

The associate sponsorship is set to announce Chris Paradysz's "Life without Lupus Ride for the Cure" where he will ride his bike, solo, to Daytona starting in NYC November 20th to raise awareness and money for Lupus research and a cure. Paradysz is a board member of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and parent of a teenage daughter affected by the disease.

"The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and all our members are extremely excited to be partnering with a young and talented driver like Brad Coleman in this race at Watkins Glen," commented Paradysz. "We are even more excited about the opportunity to raise the awareness of Lupus, one of America's least recognized diseases. We see this as our chance to inform millions of caring NASCAR fans that over 1.5 million Americans have this mysterious and often devastating autoimmune disease and it is up to all of us to help find a cure."

Coleman is appreciative of their help and offered some support to Chris for the upcoming ride.

"I want to thank the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation for allowing me to represent them this weekend in Watkins Glen, and also to let Mr. Paradysz know that he can come train with me any time he wants from now until Daytona," said Coleman. "I am not a Carl Edwards just yet, but I do go to the gym every chance I get and would love for him to work out with me. We can prepare for our passions together. I know this is such a difficult disease to manage and to help raise awareness at the Watkins Glen event and, for the Lupus community all along the route Chris is riding, will certainly bring great interest and also help to raise funds. It means the world to me."

Paradysz laughed at the offer, and says he may join Coleman to gain that extra boost he'll need to pedal the long days and nights to achieve his goal. Paradysz also noted that a website for donations will be set up soon for the official announcement of the ride at the annual Lupus Gala in New York City in November.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Brad Coleman