K Squared Sponsors F.A.S.T. Ride 150-mile Motorcycle Tour August 17:CEO Joins Fetal Alcohol Support Team Board of Directors and Commits allCorporate Charity Work to Benefit FASTeam

CHICAGO

– July 7, 2008 – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder affects 40,000 infants a year, more than Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome and Muscular Dystrophy

combined yet it is a relatively unaddressed issue. “Even with an increase in

efforts to promote prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure and research

examining the effects of exposure on development, prenatal in utero exposure to

alcohol continues to be a significant and complex public health concern”, said

Mia Gregor, Psy.D., clinical psychologist with the Center for Personal

Development in Chicago, IL and FASTeam board member.

“FAS was first recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General in 1981, but I had never

heard of it before being introduced to the FASTeam. I think lack of awareness of

this completely preventable birth defect can be overcome and we can have an

important and positive effect on families nationwide,” said Kate Koziol, president

of K Squared Communications and newly elected Board Member for the

FASTeam.

One of the key fundraisers is the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Tour, a scenic 150-mile

trip through the rural western Chicago suburbs starting at 9:30 Sunday morning,

August 17, 2008. The 3:00 PM post-ride party at Galways in Elmhurst will

include riders and other FASTeam supporters for a dinner buffet, a live band and

raffles featuring a 2008 Harley-Davidson Super-Glide.

“We started the ride in 2004 and it has grown every year,” said Walt Teichen,

Chairman of the FASTeam Board of Directors and who co-founded the

organization in 2003 with his wife Kathy. “Our family has been dramatically

impacted by FASD and we are committed to help other families and FASD

victims 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.”

 

 

Other F.A.S.T. Ride sponsors in addition to K Squared include DKM Insurance

Advisors, Galway’s Bar & Grill, Geico Insurance, Illinois Harley-Davidson, Law

Tigers, Meritan Health, Peerless, Personal Preference, Inc., SportDecals, TCF

Bank, Mikes Meat Market and Deli, DuPage Honda – Yamaha.

 

About K Squared

 

K Squared Communications is a marketing and public relations firm specializing

in finding, refining and promoting positive customer stories to help clients grow

their businesses. Founded in 1997, K Squared Communications is a national

entrepreneurial award-winning organization and more information about K

 

Squared is available at

 

www.ksqrd.com

or by calling (773) 774-7847.

 

About FASTeam

 

Fetal Alcohol Support Team, FASTeam, is dedicated to raising the awareness of

and aid in the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. More information

 

about the annual charity motorcycle is available at

 

www.fastride.us

or by calling

 

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