Joining The Tour
vid cyclist Ely Tama of
Farmington Hills and his wife,
Andrea. thought it would be
great some day to be present for
the famous Tour de France bicyle race.
For the past seven years, Tama, 56, has
been the top individual fundraiser for the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society-
Michigan Chapter annual MS 150 bike
LUC KERMAN tour. In 2000, he was inducted into the
organization's hall of fame in Washington
for raising $228,000 for MS during 13
years of biking in the race.
Last year alone, Tama raised $34,000 for MS and
became the only person qualified from Michigan
($30,000 and up) to be sponsored by the MS Society in a
bike race in mid-March in Australia.
Tama; however, is a certified public accountant at Tama,
Budaj & Raab P.C. in Farmington Hills. There was no way
he could leave the country, let alone his desk, in the mid-
dle of tax season.
But he had a plan. He learned that cyclists can ride parts
of the Tour de France — same route, same day — before
Tama suggested that the MS Society sponsor him at the
Tour and he would pick up the additional cost — and
On July 17, Tama will begin the last week of the three-
week Tour de France, the 400-mile leg from the Pyrenees
mountains to Paris. He'll attempt to complete it. His wife
also may ride part of the course.
To prepare, Tama will spend two to three hours a day
biking at lunchtime. He and his brother-in-law, Kenneth
Manko of West Bloomfield, who also rides in the MS 150,
bike around Franklin as well as Kensington Metro Park
"I'll train on a lot of hills, in addition to biking 150-200
miles a week," says Tama, who admits to being "obsessive
and compulsive" about being prepared.
"Ely's very committed [to the MS Society]," says Patricia
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McDonald, president of the MS Society-Michigan
The money is used for research and services in Michigan
for people with MS and their families.
"Every dollar you raise helps," says Tama, who encour-
ages people to participate in the July 12-13 MS 150 race,
both for the cause and the fun of it.
"You don't have to raise $30,000 to be part of the race,"
The 150-mile roundtrip race is from Davisburg in north
Oakland County to Lansing. Each rider must have a mini-
mum of $200 in pledges.
"We feed you, baby you and have 'sag wagons' if you're
tired," McDonald says.
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call to get Bin Laden dead or alive,
and Israel's pursuit of the Bin Ladens
— Zionist Organization of America
President Morton Klein, in response to
President Bush saying that he was
`deeply troubled" by Israel's attempt to
kill a senior Hamas terrorist leader and
that the attempt 'does not contribute to
the security of Israel"
The bit of advice Dad dispatched
Contains words of wisdom
He said, "A mentch tracht
And meantime, Got lacht.*
So don't count your chicks till they've
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The sexton or caretaker of the syna-
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Source: From The New Joys of Yiddish
by Leo Calvin Rosten, edited by
Lawrence Bush, copyright 2001, by
the Rosten Family LLC. Used by per-
mission of the Rosten Family LLC.