September 24 & 25, a group of 14 U.S. soldiers stationed
in Iraq rode 100+ miles on their bikes in the desert to raise
awareness for multiple sclerosis. Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry
Division and Task Force Liberty conducted their own version
of the MS Bike Tour in Tikrit, Iraq, to show their support
for the National MS Society.
Frederick Evans began participating in the Greater North
Jersey's MS Bike Tour in 2003. He says that his commitment
to the MS cause, even while stationed in Iraq, is based upon
his desire to give back to the community and because of a
personal friend living with the disease. "Multiple sclerosis
is an unpredictable disease that strikes out of nowhere and
can potentially disable someone in the prime of life. I want
to help. There are people who watch things happen, people
who wonder what happened, and people that make things happen.
I try to be in that last group of people," he said. To read more about Major Evans, who spearheaded the group, and Team Danger, go to www.ms100.org.
Doug (DJ) Saunders first rode in the Mid America Chapter's
MS Bike Tour in 2004 (in Kansas). Sgt. Saunders is a medical
specialist in the Army and his desire to help fight MS was
fueled when he began treating people with the disease, and
seeing first hand how debilitating it can be: "Riding
in the MS Bike Tour is a small show of respect and appreciation
for people living with
multiple sclerosis. I am committed to being a part of the
cure, and I will not fail those who courageously fight this
disease on a daily basis." Sgt. Saunders joined Major
Evans and his team for a unified ride to raise awareness for
Fred Evans of the 42nd Aviation Brigade conducts his first
day of the MS Bike Tour in Tikrit, Iraq, while on Forward
Operating Base Danger.
Sgt. Douglas J. (DJ) Saunders continues his first day's
ride. Saunders, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor
Regiment, Task Force Liberty, normally rides a total of
150 miles for MS each year.
Danger rides. Some other members of Team Danger are:
SGT Marcus Bowers (NY, NY), SSG Alicia Bryant (Carthage,
NY), SSG Gabriel Fuentes (Accord, NY), Henry Johnson
(Rosholt, WI), Vernon Knuckles (Grand Junction, CO),
Matt McNeil (Queen Creek, AZ), and SFC Jovana Meyer
(Fort Hood, TX).
by Spec. Adam Phelps, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment,
Task Force Liberty.