Final Thoughts on My 2013 Bike MS: The Mother Road Ride…
I want to let everyone know that yes, I did complete my second Bike MS: The Mother Road Ride the weekend before last. It is Oklahoma's version of the MS150. This year the ride had cool starts (54 degrees both mornings), light winds (after all it is “Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain), and lots of hills (Oklahoma is not a flat state.) I completed the 42 mile route on Saturday and 61 miles on Sunday.
I want to thank everyone that made my weekend so enjoyable and possible. This year my son-in-law, Jeff, participated with me. We were supported by all of “TEAM KATHI”…my daughter, Kathi, and the rest of her family (Michael and Elizabeth), my son, JAK, and his family (Andi, John Henry and James) and my wife, Becky. They had to get up early to be at the starting line in Chandler, OK… all with their blue and orange TEAM KATHI t-shirts on. It was such an encouragement to me, but also a show of family support for Kathi who faces each day with the uncertainty of multiple sclerosis.
Over the weekend, I was able to meet and talk, once again, to other people about how Multiple Sclerosis has affected them, a loved one, or someone they know. It seemed that all of the riders had a connection to someone living with MS.
I want to recognize those who gave so generously to this worthy cause; they are most deserving of the credit that made my weekend so successful. Also, thanks to my family, both local and in distant places, who did not hesitate to contribute. To my fellow co-workers and friends, most of whom have never met my daughter; I thank you so much for all of your generosity and support. And to all who continue to support through your prayers that someday there will be a cure for MS.
August 15, 2013
Once again I am humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of my friends/co-workers and family. You have helped me exceed this year's higher fundraising goal that I set. Thank you each and every one of you.
August 1st, 2013
Will you join me as I ride once again for a cure to Multiple Sclerosis?
I've registered, once again, for the Bike MS: Mother Road Bike Ride 2013 to show continued support for my daughter, Kathi. She was diagnosed last year with this complex and unpredictable disease. Kathi continues to work and leads a normal life as daughter, mother, and wife. All of this without any external visible signs of this illness.
Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. It a can get worse and then get better and then get worse again…you can’t always see it – but it is always there.
The Mother Road Bike Ride, the Oklahoma version of the MS150, is a major fund raising event for Multiple Sclerosis. This year’s event will take place in and around Chandler, Oklahoma on September 21st and 22nd. The monies collected are used to help research, advocate for change, and help people with MS and their families lead powerful lives. The average cost of living with MS in America is $69 thousand dollars a year, while the median household income in the U.S. is $49 thousand dollars. The MS Society does support these families who have been diagnosed with MS. I believe in the work they do and want to be an active part of it. I know I can count on your support to not only encourage me as I take on this endeavor to do the MS150, but also, and more importantly, to be an everyday support to Kathi through your thoughts and prayers.
I am not asking for you to donate any money. I don't like to ask people to donate their hard earned money for something that might break their budget or have not planned on. I have set a higher goal this year to raise $1,500, and I am also committed to donate the needed amount for this ride if I need to. However, your financial support would be greatly appreciated by Kathi and me.
The National MS Society organizes 100 rides nationwide. The funds they raise fuel research aimed at treating and eventually curing MS; they also provide, as I mentioned above, crucial services for people living with MS.
Will you please join me? You will be helping the National MS Society move forward toward a world without MS and making a difference in the lives of the many Americans living with multiple sclerosis.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” --The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.
When it comes to MS, only two things are certain:
· Another American is newly diagnosed with MS every hour of every day. · Many people are joining the movement toward a world free of MS including me.
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