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Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride 2014

21 Years and Counting

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Mrs. Blanche Evere Dean

42 percent of goal achieved.

Goal: $10,000.00
Achieved: $4,175.00

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It was21 years ago when I heard those fateful words -"You have MS." I am doing remarkably well and thank heaven daily for my good fortune. Many of my friends with MS are not so fortunate. There are been tremendous strides in research and disease-modifying medications to lessen the frequency and severity of this devastating disease.

Last year I was able to raise $20,000 to commemorate 20 years of living with MS. That was a lofty goal and I was truly blessed with generous donors to attain that goal. While $20K is probably not realistic for this year, I'd like to shoot for at least $15,000. Won't you please help me reach that goal!

Last year we were joined by our 12 year old grandson. He'll be riding with us again this year and we'll be riding stronger and longer than last year so look for updates on our progress! He's never known his Nana without MS but he thinks I'm awesome - together we're riding to make a world free of MS!

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. It's been affecting my life for the past 20 years.

Why I Ride

I'm riding in this bike tour with my wonderful husband, Larry, for the 16th time for those who can't ride, or run, or walk, or see, or so many of the other things that this devastating disease can cause. I'll keep riding until I can't ride anymore or we've found a cure. I'm am fortunate that I have my husband Larry to captain our tandem bike, my balance isn't very good so riding solo is not an option. I want to do everything I can 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 Support Me

Twenty years ago when I was diagnosed, there were no medications to treat MS. Now there are several drugs that lessen the frequency and severity of the disease. THIS YEAR, there is a new ORAL medication available to treat the frequency and severity of MS attacks. For many, this new treatment means they can switch from taking injections on a regular (even daily!) basis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from Bike MS to not only support research for a cure, but also to provide programs and services which address the needs of people living with MS. Because we can fight this disease by simply riding a bike and because we have chosen to help thousands of people through contributing to Bike MS, we are now getting closer to the day when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS."

In addition to funding cutting edge research, programs, and advocacy, the National MS Society assists people living with MS who have financial need. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter's financial assistance program funds things like home and car modifications to increase accessibility, emergency payments of utilities or rent, and purchasing/repairing medical equipment. Here's a list of some of the other services provided locally that your donation funds.
$25 - One recreational class such as Yoga or Aquatics
$75 - Basic access ramp for home
$100 - Bathroom safety grab bars
$250 - Ten recreational or wellness classes
$360 - A week of respite care
$1,000 - Assists a family with an accessible home modification
$1,000 - Access modifications for vehicles
$1,000 - Ramp modifications for home access

I started riding to stay fit and rode in the MS Bike Tour to prove I could do it. When we crossed the finish line for the first time at Emerald Isle the "Band of OZ" was playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and that was a magical moment. Emerald Isle became that "somewhere" where dreams really did come true. Since then I've ridden in honor of a little 9-year old girl who came to the tour thanking everyone for riding to find a cure for her disease. Another year I rode in honor of a good friend whose disease was much more agressive than mine and she had begun a drastic new treatment.

There have been so many advances in research and disease modifying medications that this year I'm riding IN CELEBRATION of all the wonderful advances. MS is no longer a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-disease -- it's now a BRIGHT-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-disease because of generous donors and many people dedicated to creating a world free of MS.

Thank you for visiting my page and for your support!


Matt, Nana & Grandpa Ready to Roll!
Matt, Nana & Grandpa Ready to Roll!


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