It's now 12 years ago, when I said I wanted to ride 30 Miles for an MS Bikeathon, my step-but-real sister Jamie said "I can barely walk 300 feet - why do they do these events that people with MS could never do?"
I said "Maybe it's because we hope someday you'll be able to." This year, sadly, her struggle continues.
I have done this event for 12 years now. Life is harder for Jamie, but I'm able to ride farther, and hopefully raise more money!
A few years ago, we lost our college friend Joy to MS. Joy brought, literally, Joy to the world. It is painful that this disease has claimed another victim. Let's eradicate it now!
Why I Ride
I've registered for Bike MS NYC because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed - and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.
Having multiple sclerosis means that you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are different for everyone - the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.
Why You Should Sponsor Me
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from Bike MS to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we choose to ride for those who sometimes can't, because we choose to donate to Bike MS, we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS."