Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic 2018

Starfish Sprockets Team Co-Captains
Starfish Sprockets Team Co-Captains

Starfish Sprockets

Welcome to Starfish Sprockets!!

Who we are

We are a group of colleagues, friends, and neighbors who believe that the world for MS survivors is filled with challenges. We want to come together and ride alongside the people in our lives who face these challenges every day. We are a mix of health care professionals, survivors of MS, family, neighbors and friends that see each of these challenges as a life transition.  Every survivor needs support to face these transitions into the next phase. By riding together as a team we are acknowledging that we need each other’s support in order to face each challenge and move on in that transition toward the best possible direction. We ride together as a team to show that each of us plays a small part in supporting those diagnosed with MS, their friends, families and our communities that are impacted by MS.

Why Starfish?

There are two distinct stories related to the Starfish (or as biologists prefer to call it the Sea Star) that exemplify the impact of MS on the life of the individual diagnosed and their support systems. First, the “Legend of the Starfish” and second, the biological paradigm of regeneration are behind the choice of our team name.

The “Legend of the Starfish” has been oft retold and our version of the telling is this:

One day an elderly gentleman was walking along the beach on a cold windy day. He noticed that many Starfish had washed up on the shore and was sad at their impending demise. Further down the beach he noticed a young boy furiously picking up Starfish one by one from the sand and throwing them back into the ocean. The gentlemen kindly pointed out to the boy that there were many, many Starfish washed up onto the beach and that he couldn’t possibly make a difference by exhausting himself with his efforts. The boy calmly regarded the man, picked up the Starfish closest to his feet and threw it as far as he could while saying to the older man “It made a difference to THAT ONE”.

There are many lessons to learn and tell here. Each of us can be the “young boy”, “elderly man”, “Starfish”, Ocean, Waves, or any other innumerable facets of this story. As a team we want to be actively “throwing them back” one by one. We also each want to be aware that we can be the waves, wind, “elderly man” or even Starfish at any given time. Each of these roles can have a positive impact on those affected by MS.  By riding together we show that together we can throw many back as if the young boy, teach from wisdom as if we were the elderly man,  and we can blow in like the wind and waves to end MS forever. This BikeMS event goes beyond us into our various communities of friends, family, medical teams, as well as our intellectual and professional cohorts. We share a sense of responsibility to all of our communities that are shaped by MS.

The paradigm of regeneration is exemplified by and intrinsic to the Starfish. Starfish can regenerate an arm cut off by the adversity of running into a predator or an adverse incident of the waves, the currents and the harsh environment of the sea.  People living with MS are also immersed in a harsh environment and face adverse events both daily and cyclically. No, they may not ever “regenerate” what has been lost, but often the disrupted neurological pathways can “reroute” giving the survivor a new transition to navigate.  Starfish can also CHOOSE to shed an arm in defense. This is often the story of an MS survivor’s life transitions.  Many times what is felt to be an amputation can be a stimulus for regrowth. As a team, we want to support research and treatments that make these transitions easier and one day END the burden MS metes out to our friends, patients, neighbors and family members.    

What can YOU do?

Simple: JOIN US! There are many different was to join the Starfish Sprockets team!! Choose the level of support that is right for you.

  • RIDE - We will be recruiting riders into the Starfish Sprockets team up until the day of the event.  There are both shorter and longer rides that you can choose based on your comfort and skill level. Look around on the Deception Pass Classic web page for more information. You don’t live in Washington? You can still join us! You can ride as a virtual rider. But, please consider making a trip out to the Pacific Northwest. The beauty of the area makes this event one of the premier riding events in the US and one of the most prominent BikeMS events in the whole country.
  •  Volunteer – There are many ways to volunteer both before and during the event. You don’t live in WA? No problem! You can volunteer from anywhere, but please consider coming to Washington for this event. There are many ways to get involved. Look around on the Deception Pass Classic web page for the many possibilities.
  • Encourage – send us note, a message, a thought, or a prayer. Make it public on the Starfish Sprockets team page, or send a private note of support to one (or all) of the Starfish Sprockets team members.   
  • Share – Send this to others. Share it as widely as you can on social media or via email to people that may be encouraged by our stories or excited to join the team in any of the many ways.
  • Come Back – Make many return visits to the Starfish Sprockets Team page. See where we are going and follow the training progress of our team members. 
  • Donate, Donate, Donate! The whole purpose of Bike MS is to generate funding for a world free of MS. The money goes into medical research to treat and end MS as well as other programs to support people living with MS. The National MS Society helps improve the quality of life for people living with MS in MANY different ways. It is through YOUR donation that this support is possible.
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About MS

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.

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