I was twelve when my mother, Betty, stopped walking.
Ironically, my eldest child was twelve when my sister, Megan, stopped walking. Although their spirits were larger than life, their biggest wish was just the ability to walk again. Both were struck by an aggressive, unrelenting form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which was devastating for our family. While Betty and Megan are no longer with us, their zest for life lives on in all of us. With them in mind, I decided to do something.
On June 29th, I will pedal my bicycle 1,000 miles around Lake Michigan to raise awareness and support for others suffering with MS. This will not be easy. I will cycle approximately 80 miles per day while carrying 50lbs of gear on my bike without a support vehicle to bail me out in this completely self-supported effort. But each and every day, people with MS endure loss of balance, impaired vision and hearing, fatigue, muscle weakness and, in some, paralysis, with nobody to pick up the slack...(without anyone to bail them out!)
Chances are you know one of the 2.3 million people who are battling MS or perhaps you know someone who has lost their fight. You can do something to help. If you can donate to my 1,000-mile cycling challenge, we can bring attention and desperately needed funds to fight this devastating disease.
Simply click on the "Donate Now" button below to make a tax-deductible contribution. Your generosity will fund groundbreaking research by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and sustain life saving programs for people with MS. Donations of all sizes make a difference!
Thank you for listening to my story.
PS: Below is a link you can use to follow me on my journey. It will contain each day's route, mileage, pictures/commentary and will be updated daily: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/bike1000miles
When you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by MS. 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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