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Chicagoland Motorcycle F.A.S.T. Ride to Fight Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:
Date:8/4/2009

CHICAGO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Drinking alcohol while pregnant increases the chances that a child will have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Although this disorder affects 40,000 infants a year, more than Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome and Muscular Dystrophy combined, it is still relatively unaddressed.

The Chicago-area FASTeam and a group of motorcycle enthusiasts are riding to raise awareness with the 2009 F.A.S.T. Ride.

         Where:        Galway's Bar & Grill
                       12045 W. Roosevelt Road
                       Elmhurst, IL
                       The ride is 150-miles through the western suburbs

         When:         Sunday August 16
                       Registration is at 8:00 AM
                       Ride starts at 9:30 AM

Riders will experience police-stopped intersections for non-stop riding enjoyment. There will also be a light lunch at the Moose Lodge in Morris Illinois. The group will return to Galway's Bar & Grill at 3:00 PM for a post-ride party which will also feature a dinner buffet, a live band and raffles with prizes ranging from cash to plasma and flat-screen televisions.

"We started the ride in 2004 and last year we had over 400 riders," said Walt Teichen, Chairman of the FASTeam Board of Directors and who co-founded the organization in 2003 with his wife Kathy. "Personally, my own family has been dramatically impacted by FASD and that has driven our commitment to help other families and FASD individuals get the help they need. The mission of the FASTeam is to raise awareness of and aid in the prevention of FASD and the motorcycle ride is one of the many ways we reach so many people while raising funds for the cause."

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is an umbrella term that describes the different outcomes that can occur if a woman drinks alcohol whil
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