After the dissappointment of 2015 riders were chomping at the bit to get back out there! We needed a great ride to help erase the bad memory of 2015's storm-induced cancellation. We got it! It was a beautiful weekend with just a little chill in the air and only occasional mild head wind at times. I increased my goal last year to $7,500 and my supporters came through,helping me raise over $7,600! Can you help me again this year?
Why I Ride
Around the 4th of July in 1993, my wife Pam began to experience double vision and a loss of balance. The symptoms lasted for about 2 weeks. On July 20 of that year Pam was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As frightening as that would sound to anyone, it was particularly so to us. Pam?s aunt had been diagnosed in her early 20s, went down hill rapidly, and was ultimately institutionalized in Inglas House in Philadelphia, where she remained until her passing a few years ago (she was in her mid 60s). When that is your only frame of reference, it is understandably difficult to face that diagnosis. Telling the rest of her family was equally traumatic. For the first 8-9 years, Pam?s symptoms (exacerbations in MS terminology) were fairly mild, then she started to have some problems with her right leg fatiguing easily. She is still very mobile but often tells people, "stairs are not my friends." She occasionally uses a cane when walking long distances or when she is tired. She also has occasional weakness in her right hand. But, I have also come to appreciate the psychological burden that people with MS carry everyday. They never know when an exacerbation may strike, how severe it will be, or how long it will last. Some never completely go away. My wife carries this burden with uncommon grace. So, in 1993 some friends of mine got me involved in the MS-150 bike-a-thon, a two-day bike ride covering 150 miles. Although I only had about a month and a half to train for the ride, I was eager to do something, to feel like I was helping in some way. I've been riding ever since.
Where your Money Will go
Money raised goes to the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National MS Society. The help to fund critical research toward finding the cause and the cure for this disease. They also assist local people with MS by offering training, legal advice, support groups and much more. Please help.