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.
Why I Ride
My first Bike MS ride was 2008 after discovering TWO of my friends had been diagnosed with MS ... one living in New Mexico and one in Victoria BC ... I found out over the span of just two days. When I started seeking contributions I learned that many of my friends knew someone with MS and it made me that much more determined to ride and help in the fight against MS. So I came back for a second, third, and fourth year. 2014 is my seventh consecutive Bike MS ride. My motto:
"An ounce of 'I MUST DO SOMETHING' is worth a pound of 'SOMETHING MUST BE DONE'"
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 Sponsor Me
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the Bike MS ride to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we can fight this disease by simply riding a bike, because we have chosen to help thousands of people through a contribution to the Bike MS, we are now getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS."
YOU can help make a difference.
Join me ... register to ride! Don't think you can ride? You can make a 100% tax-deductable donation to the cause. Or donate your TIME to fight MS. Bike MS can always use volunteers ... the volunteers are what make this and every other event happen! Make a difference.
Thanks for your consideration. John Thompson
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