Louisiana, Hammond - Bike MS 2013
I Can Make a Difference
I started participating in 2006 because I enjoyed cycling and from my perspective at the time, this was a cycling event. Almost immediately after sending out my first fund raising e-mail, I learned relatives of several close friends had MS. So I kept riding. The next year, as I began fund raising, I learned that someone I know very well has MS. So I kept riding. Well, the more I rode, the more I learned how many people close to me were fighting MS. The more I rode, the more I met people that get on their bikes to ride for themselves, their children, their relatives and their friends. It has become inspirational to me to hear how much it means to people living with MS that I ride my bike to help find a cure. I ride because our efforts provide vital research dollars for treatments for those living with MS. I ride because people living with MS need help sometimes and our efforts provide that as well. I ride because we make a difference and I truly believe one day, the journey will be over and we will no longer need to ride. I ride for a cure.
Why We Fight MS
Having multiple sclerosis means that you may suddenly have blurry vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. Or that you may not always be able to walk, let alone ride a bike. The symptoms of MS are different, and devastating, for everyone - the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.
Why I Ride
I've registered for the MS Bike Tour because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed - and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.
Why You Should Sponsor Me
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the MS Bike Tour to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we can fight this disease by simply riding a bike, because we have chosen to help thousands of people through a contribution to the MS Bike Tour, we are now getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS."