Louisiana, Hammond - Bike MS 2013
I Can Make a Difference
Why We Fight MS: Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that attacks the myelin sheath of the spinal cord. Depending on the location of the lesions, symptoms can vary from patient to patient. While one might experience vision problems, another might suffer from numbness in the extremities or difficulty concentrating. The symptoms can change depending on location of the damage. Extreme fatigue is a problem most patients experience on a daily basis. Meds can be used to lessen the symptoms but as of yet there is no known cure.
Why I Ride
My 28-year-old daughter, Lauren, was diagnosed in Feb.'09. We assumed the tingling and numbness in her right leg were signs of overtraining as she is an avid triathlete. When the neurologist told her she had MS, Lauren replied,"So how do we fix that?" This is where you and I come in! The meds Lauren takes were not even available until the mid '90s and today's research holds great promise for a bright future. So for all the Laurens in your life, thanks for donating to a cause that will one day find all the answers. Lauren,who hiked in AND out of the Grand Canyon in one day (for fun), will be able to continue her love of an active lifestyle. MS will one day just be two letters in the alphabet!
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."