Oklahoma, Chandler - Bike MS: The Mother Road Ride 2013
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$5000 Fundraising Milestone
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Mr. Tom Teasdale
Sept 26 Update!
Thank You All for helping me CRUSH my 2012 funding level!
Thanks to Your commitment to alter the course of MS in thousands of affected individuals and their families, we made it to the Finish Line and to my fundraising goal. Everyone should feel proud. $5,000 is a big number, but we FLATTENED it.
Emily and I bicycled Sat and Sun to honor your contributions. I have to admit that it was a little warmer than I wanted, much hillier than I wanted, and very tiring...just like how thousands of people living with MS feel as they face every day. Your contributions over the years have helped bring a dozen drugs to market that thousands of "clients" rely upon every day, including us. Thank You! -Tom
What's a good pledge? Here are some targets:
- $1,000 to be a TeamTeasdale Superstar.
- $500 to be in our top tier support crowd.
- $210 for the 2.1 million people worldwide affected by MS.
- $170 for the appox 170 new MS diagnoses in the USA weekly.
- $100 for a nice round number.
- $50 for being a strong supporter.
- $25 to be counted in the fight to END MS.
I'm focused on the multiple sclerosis catch phrase: "Stop, Restore, End".
Everyone living with MS should be on a "disease modifying drug" to STOP having relapses. Emily is and it's working. Many people are now reaping the benefits of new therapies to RESTORE function. Emily is trying one with some success that helps with walking. Our goal to END MS forever is for future individuals so they don't get this disease.
Sound too ambitious? Read this to be wowed by the progress: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/download.aspx?id=44484
Here's an exciting example of how NMSS-supported research is forging new treatment strategies. With MS, the myelin coating around nerve cells is destroyed. A damaged nervous system leads to all sorts of daily challenges, including complete disability. For most people living with MS today, the dream is to RESTORE the function that's been lost from years of living with this progressive disease. There's great news this year with the first human trial of experimental "anti-LINGO" that could stimulate myelin repair. LINGO-1 is a protein that (stupidly) inhibits (re)myelination. So far, headache is the most frequently adverse event reported. However, it will take several more years of testing "anti-LINGO" and other therapeutic approches to bring a successful remyelinating approach to market.
Your contributions strengthen people with MS, their community support systems, their specialized providers, and some very smart researchers. You are champions to people living with MS.
Here are some public ways that Emily and I are doing our part with you.
a) We're on page 15 of the NMSS 2012 Summer Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/msconnections-summer2012
b) 2013 OETA news piece (we're the second half):
c) 2012 Channel 43 news piece: http://freedom43tv.com/2012/09/10/7913/
d) 2009 MS Bike video of us: http://newsok.com/multimedia/video/41720699001?custom_click=search
Check out this GREAT video of Bike MS:
Our first two-day BikeMS fund raiser was (I think) 1999. Emily and I will ride the comfortable hybrid tandem this year instead of the fancy Santana road bike. Both tandems are wearing out, but not our enthusiasm.
THANK YOU for your continued support. It makes a big difference. As a past OK MS Chapter board member, I can assure you that every dollar is important for local and regional MS programs.
Because we can fight this disease by simply riding a bike and because you have chosen to help thousands of people through a contribution to the MS Bike Tour, the world is closer to the day when persons living with MS can be symptom-free.
PS: This is why we fight MS...Having MS means that you may suddenly have blurry vision. You may not be able to walk, let alone ride a bike. Your body hurts. Your bladder and/or your memory may fail you. MS symptoms differ among affected people, but they almost always get worse over time. Every hour of every day, another person is diagnosed with MS. We visit people younger than us with MS who are unable to get out of their nursing home beds without help. Help us reduce the impact of this terrible disease.