Together, We Made a Difference
Results for 2013
While the final numbers aren't in, as we were boarding the bus to return to the starting location, one of the volunteers shared that the proceeds for the ride exceeded the $5.6 million goal. They expect to net close to $5.8 million. The volunteer thanked us for riding because her family was affected by a member with MS.
This was on a day that was spectacular in every respect. From the middle school children who directed the sleepy drivers like me to the parking lot at the start of the ride, to the high schoolers who helped pack and load our bikes for the return trip to the start, everyone thanked us for riding and by association, you for donating.
The only hairy part of the ride was coming to the crest of the very high bridges that span the bay coming into Ocean City. At the top, the high head winds were causing you to slow to a crawl and make the bikes wobble. If you went too fast on the downhill portion of the bridge, you could be blown against the railing.
This week we are not riding our bikes while our butts recover. Maybe a little golf-but walking no riding a cart. In a few months we regroup and start training for 2014.
Once again, Ruth and I thank you for your support.
Phil and Ruth Michel
For those who haven't had a chance to review the material on the ride, read on.
Why Support Our Team
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 We Ride with the C-Quad Team
We've registered for Bike MS with the C-Quad team because they like us believe that this is a very effective program for raising funds. Over 7,000 cyclysts will ride and volunteer in this event. The minimum pledge each cyclyst is asked to raise is $300 but over $5,000,000 net is raised after paying for all expenses and that money is effectively used. By supporting our ride we can do something for the people who have been diagnosed - and also do something to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. 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.
Other information about the program
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from Bike MS 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 Bike MS, we are now getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS."
My Event Blog
Terrific response from Westfield Commuters
Just wanted to thank all of the Westfield train and bus commuters for their terrific response. We exceeded our goal of $300 for the three days and raised over $431 in cash. Plus the online donations started coming in yesterday by people who used the bike wheels and logged onto the web site.
Just as important as the numbers, we seemed to make more people aware of the City to Shore event and the MS Society as a whole. Additionally, some of the contributors indicated they might be riders in this year's event.
Based on the excellent results, I am encouraged to try a similar effort in September at some of the other local train stations.
Thank you again for your support.
Continued thanks to Westfield Train Commuters
Just want to thank the Westfield train commuters for another successful fund raising day. We raised over $140 today with additional people taking the wheels and pledging to donate online.
Thank you again for your generous support of the Bike MS City to Shore.
Tomorrow I plan to be at the train station by the bus waiting area. Thank you in advance for your support.
Quick thanks to Westfield commuters
Thank you Westfield train commuters. Today we collected over $170 in cash and we had many request the card with The Alternative Press web site so they could make their donations online.
We will be back to Westfield tomorrow and hopefully Wednesday if we have enough cards.
Thank you again for your support.
Thanks in advance to the Westfield Commuters
In the past two years, Westfield Commuters have been very supportive in our efforts to raise funds for the MS Bike Ride City to Shore event. Over $300 was raised since we started in 2011. Thank you so much.
We are starting our 2013 campaign on July 29th where we hope to continue to make fellow commuters aware of the event and how their donations support people that have been diagnosed with MS as well as finding a cure.
Again I will be handing out MS Bike Ride Wheels for people who are making a $5 cash contribution. Feel free to explore this site for additional information on the ride or on MS in general. Also if you prefer, this web page will allow you to make your contribution online.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Also thank you to The Alternative Press for including our campaign in this weeks edition of their Westfield coverage. Please look at the article at http://www.thealternativepress.com/articles/westfield-resident-raises-money-awareness-for-ms