Our goal—a world free of MS.
We've formed a team for Bike MS—an epic fundraising ride that is changing the lives of people affected by MS and helping fuel progress toward a world free of MS. We'd love your support as we prepare for this incredible experience. If you want to do more than make a donation, join our team!
Almost 5 years ago, Lynn was diagnosed with MS. We remember sitting in the doctor’s office and realizing we knew little about this disease and how little was said about the success of treatments or how this could be cured. Lynn connected with Jennifer Frame and the Lake Norman MS Support group and after hearing the stories and struggles within that group, we became more determined to bring awareness to others as well as the need for a cure. We initially began cycling as a way to stay fit, however during a WalkMS event in Charlotte, NC, we discovered BikeMS. As we walked that day, we continued to discuss the idea of cycling for MS and found ourselves, along with Conrad Wease from the Lake Norman support group (who rides in support of his beautiful wife Nancy) participating in Breakaway to the Beach in 2015.
Lynn loves to share her story of how riding is not only a “great way to get in shape”, but while on the bike she feels strong, empowered, as it helps her to focus on what she can do and less about her diagnosis. It helps her to say, “Take that MS!!!”. That year, the three of us rode Breakaway to the Beach and once we returned we began formulating a plan to raise more funds and more awareness for MS. With that one event, we discussed the idea of a small team and suddenly, friends and family members that had donated to us in 2015, began dusting off bikes, purchasing bikes, joining our practice rides and almost overnight, Team Sozo was born. Why Sozo? Sozo in Greek means “healing, restoration, to make whole” and therefore Sozo became the anthem for why we ride. It is through the support of our family and our friends and many others that we will ride to make “healing and restoration” a reality.
As we ride, we know we are riding for every single person with MS. We know that it’s not about one single event, the three events in North Carolina, or the hundreds that occur across the nation. We know that we must carry the message of MS every single day of the year, because MS does not stop after a fundraising event. It does not take time off nor does it give up in its attack on the human body. For every person unable to ride, we ride. For everyone that struggles everyday to just “make it through the day”, we ride. For those like us, that never knew the depth of pain and suffering this disease carries with it until you suddenly came face to face with it, we ride.
To all the cycling teams and individuals that ride, that encourage each other and bring the bond of cycling and the awareness of MS to so many, you are an inspiration as well as great friends. For friends, families and colleagues, that support in so many ways, Thank You.
So if you see us on the highway or at a local fundraising event, remember, “We don’t just ride, we BikeMS”!!!.
Perry and Lynn Brittain/Conrad and Nancy Wease - Team SOZO.
Please support our team today.
We've set an ambitious goal because we know that with support from people like you we can get there. The money raised will help fund amazing progress in MS research, as well services that ensure people affected by MS can live their best lives.
Want to join our team?
We'd love to have you. Come ride with us and experience a ride that will change lives—including your own.
When you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Thank you for your support.
Learn more at bikeMS.org.