LONGMONT, Colorado - 

State Representatives Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) and Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City), who are participating as “Team Ohio” in the online reality series of Fireball Run Season 7, have teamed up with the Meals on Wheels Association of America to provide meals to victims of flooding in Colorado prior to the start of the competition.

The representatives today drove the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that they are using for Fireball Run to various locations in Colorado to distribute the meals. The deadly flooding has led to property losses totaling nearly $2 billion in the 17 flood-stricken counties of the state.

“As soon as I heard about the flooding in Colorado, I felt it was important to do something to help while we were out here,” Rep. Anielski said. “With Fireball Run officially starting over the weekend, being here early was the perfect opportunity to volunteer and provide these meals for those who need them.”

Team Ohio is one of 40 teams taking part in the 8-day, 2000-mile competition that will lead them to Riverside, CA over the next week. The event is to raise awareness of missing children, with Team Ohio focusing on Brett Wurm, from Tiffin, OH, who went missing in June 2005. Brett is now approaching his 16th birthday.

“We came here to bring attention to missing children in the U.S., as well as to promote teen suicide prevention efforts, but caring for the flood victims has been one more way to get involved,” Rep. Grossman said. “It was very humbling to see and visit with the people of Colorado who are in these difficult circumstances. It’s our hope that their lives can be back to normal in a timely manner.”

Supporters of Team Ohio can track them at www.fireballrun.com. The representatives are also tweeting from @teamOHfireball and blogging at TeamOhioFireballRun.blogspot.com.

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