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Massachusetts - Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway 2014

Marleigh Phillips Brown

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$5000
Raised $5K+ to qualify for the Passport Program

Mrs. Marleigh P Brown

76 percent of goal achieved.

Goal: $10,000.00
Achieved: $7,605.00

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Here is my story

I am a mom and a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend.

I am an athlete: a cyclist, skier, yogi, hiker, swimmer, triathlete. A competitor.

And every day forward until a cure is found-- I am a person living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

I was blindsided with MS in May 2009, at age 36, while seemingly in the healthiest shape of my life. But I'd been experiencing some tell-tale MS symptoms, and an MRI showed active lesions on my brain and spinal column. The doctors confirmed their suspicions with a spinal tap, and several months later new lesions appeared on yet another MRI.

The symptoms in my first attack ranged from numbness and buzzing in my limbs, to electrical shocks in my legs when I bent my neck forward (caused by a spinal lesion, not a pinched nerve as I'd hoped), to an extremely weak leg and hip. But I had also had previous bouts of dizziness, loss of balance, tightness in my hip, and on-going fatigue and cognitive problems that I had at times attributed to over-training or simply being a tired mother of three young children.

Fortunately, only a few of those symptoms remain today, but the uncertainty of my future lingers. I feel so lucky the doctors caught my MS early, which has allowed me the opportunity to take medication to (hopefully, fingers crossed on each injection!) slow the disease progression, but only time will tell if these drugs are working. In the meantime, I am 100% committed to maintaining a healthy body, mind and lifestyle--in which *good* health can thrive.

I humbly share my story as just one of 400,000 Americans living with MS. I am so grateful to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for all the programs that have helped us, and for ALL the MS research and clinical trials that have been done over the years to get us to this point, but there is no cure for MS--yet.


Why I ride...

I ride for me. I ride because I *can*. I ride for every person living with MS, and I will continue to ride as long as I am able, until research uncovers what causes MS to reverse the damage already done, and a cure is found. And to prevent anyone from developing this disease in the future.

I ride for my three children, and for my wonderful husband, and in memory of my grandmother, who truly LIVED, despite the disease and its limitations, and for every person and family affected by MS today.

I am riding to raise money for the NMSS to fund more MS research with hope that a cure for MS will be discovered within our lifetime, and with even more hope-- within my childrens' lifetime.

I am teaching my children through example to live in the moment and embrace today--MS has taught me this valuable lesson. For me personally, it's not about winning the race anymore, it's about living in the moment and enjoying the ride.

Hence our team motto: Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the ride.

I am asking for your help...

The National MS Society is a cause that is close my heart. I ask your consideration in making it one of your causes, too.

Your support will mean so much to me and the over 400,000 Americans living with MS, and to the untold thousands who have yet to develop this disease.

You can join my team and ride with us, or volunteer, or donate online right *here*, or mail a check made out to the National MS Society directly to me.

Please. Can I count on your help?


Marleigh Phillips Brown
95 Sumner Perry Drive
Wrentham, MA 02093

 

Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the ride.
Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the ride.

 

Post ride-(Brother Eben) shoulder ride. Ferry.
Post ride-(Brother Eben) shoulder ride. Ferry.

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