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Jason Kearney

Bike MS: Oklahoma 2022


MS Sucks and I Hate It.

Do you like the title of my article? Its true. I used to ride in BikeMS when it was nothing more to me than a party on a bike, with camping in-between. I’d raise the bare minimum and collect the t-shirt, and just have a good time. I didn’t even know what MS was. I’d met a couple of people who had it, but that was about it. BikeMS was unlike any ride I’d ever taken part in—it was a crazy party atmosphere, with riders taking their time, smoking cigarettes on their bike, who-knows-what in their water bottles, stopping to swim or eat (or both) on the way, both days. The overnight stay was like a small Woodstock--tents everywhere, live music playing loudly into the night, people running to town on their bicycles, carrying cases of beer back to camp (that takes talent). 

Bike riding is fun, and when there are several hundred people with a common goal, the atmosphere is electric. When I was diagnosed, it all changed for me. BikeMS is still a fun ride, a party on two wheels, with a crazy camp atmosphere in between two days of riding. But now it is so much more for me. It is a ride with purpose—people who are “in the know” tell me that they are really close to finding a cure. Can you imagine? I’m not lying, I hope it happens in my lifetime. But more than that, I hope they find a cure for the younger ones, as well as the next generation. I’m old enough that I don’t worry too much about it, especially since I’ve been blessed and have (thus far) managed it pretty well. But still, man, a cure…yeah. That would be all right.
MS is a devastating, unpredictable disease. It sucks. It hurts. It takes away many of the things I had treasured before. But the money you give through Bike MS fuels cutting-edge MS research and critical services to ensure people affected by MS have the resources they need to live their best lives.
Please give today.Help me reach my goal. Better yet, sign up and come ride with us. We need you.


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