Ballard Spahr's Desmond D. Connall, Jr., a commercial real estate partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, recently led a 14-member team of Ballard Spahr attorneys, staff members, and friends on the Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge 2013 fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

Mr. Connall has a personal connection to the cause: his sister was diagnosed with MS more than a decade ago. "The ride brings people together," he said. "This year, it has brought together my family, my Ballard Spahr colleagues, and even a client. I’m humbled that so many people are willing to give up a weekend for a cause that is near and dear to my family and me."

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