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Bike MS: New York City 2017

Polly, Alanna, Lucy and Mark Parsons
Polly, Alanna, Lucy and Mark Parsons

Team MCP

"What happened?"

It's only in the past 4 or 5 years that people have noticed my (now sometimes obvious) limp, but I've been living with other other intense, more invisible symptoms of MS since I was diagnosed in 1999 - when I came home from a Sunday morning run, plopped down on the couch to watch the Patriots, and abruptly started losing sight in my right eye.  24 hours later I was in the hospital. It was my first "exacerbation" of the disease. 2 years later I'd regained 90% of my vision, but suddenly lost 100% hearing in my left ear.  Another exacerbation.

Thanks to my doctors and a sequence of MS medications, I haven't had any more acute exacerbations like the blindness and deafness. But the disease is progressing - so my job is to stay healthy and push off it's advance while the scientists continue to do the research on new strategies and medications that are helping thousands of people with stories similar to mine.  It's not just about us, it's about the people (our families and friends) who also feel the impact.

Your support matters to me for 2 reasons: The first is that the dollars will go to the research that everyone with MS (and the families of those with MS) know is their hope. The second is that it's not natural for me to be all out-there and flag-waving and public about my disease - so even if you're not in the position to give, reach out to me or the person you know on Team MCP and let them know you support them with a word or an email.

Is this not what makes life worth living?  Yes!  There are good sides to everything.  Thank you for being a part of it! - Mark.

Team MCP

Brand new this year!  Team MCP was started when Alanna and I decided to ride (even though we don't have bikes yet). Then Alanna's dad Jerry said he'd come down from New Hampshire to ride with us. Then my bro Alec got volunteered by his wife Amy.  And now Alanna's brother Max is coming up from North Carolina to ride with us.  So awesome... so... it's a growing team! We're doign the 30 mile ride this year so if you want to jump in and Join Team MCP we'd love to have you!

We didn't know how ambitious to be in setting fundraising goals but we are on our way to doing good things... My personal fundraising goal is to catch up to Alanna...

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About MS

When you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Thank you for your support.

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Progress: 104.6154%

Goal $6,500.00 Achieved $6,800.00

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