Bike MS: New York City 2018

Polly, Alanna, Lucy and Mark Parsons
Polly, Alanna, Lucy and Mark Parsons

Team MCP

Team MCP

Our second year!
Last year Alanna encouraged me to do this and we put together a team of 4 including Jerry and Max - my Father and Brother-in-law who between the two of them travelled a thousand miles to join the MS ride.
It was UNBELIEVABLE to me - how supportive friends from far away and a long time ago were in supporting us.
Team MCP was a "Top 200" team, ranking # 107 in our first year and raising almost $7000 to stop MS and to benefit people and families of people living with MS.

This year Team MCP hopes to gain more riders! Please reach out or sign up if you can join us - several people said they would want to do this in 2018, but don't forget - you have to get up early!

Team MCP can hit $12,000 this year, don't you think? LETS DO IT TOGETHER!

(About Mark's MS:)

"What Happened?"

It's only in the past 5 years that people have noticed my (now obvious) limp, but I've been living with other other intense, more invisible symptoms of MS since I was diagnosed in 1999 - when I came home from a Sunday morning run, plopped down on the couch to watch the Patriots, and abruptly started losing sight in my right eye. 24 hours later I was in the hospital. It was my first "exacerbation" of the disease. 2 years later I'd regained 90% of my vision, but suddenly lost 100% hearing in my left ear. Another exacerbation.

Thanks to my doctors and a sequence of MS medications, I haven't had any more acute exacerbations like the blindness and deafness. But the disease is progressing - so my job is to stay healthy and push off it's advance while the scientists continue to do the research on new strategies and medications that are helping thousands of people with stories similar to mine. It's not just about us, it's about the people (our families and friends) who also feel the impact.

Your support matters to me for 2 reasons: The first is that the dollars will go to the research that everyone with MS (and the families of those with MS) know is their hope. The second is that it's not natural for me to be all out-there and flag-waving and public about my disease - so even if you're not in the position to give, reach out to me or the person you know on Team MCP and let them know you support them with a word or an email.

Is this not what makes life worth living? Yes! There are good sides to everything. Thank you for being a part of it! - Mark.

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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.

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Goal $12,000.00 Achieved $16,110.84

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