Today I joined the Neon Riders Team which will be biking in the Nova Scotia leg of the 2012 MS Bike Tour. The event will be held over two days in July – each day we will bike 50 kilometres (31 miles). We will be biking from Windsor to Wolfville one day, and return the next day.
The MS Bike Tour is an annual fundraising effort for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. It has been going on for over 20 years and the funds raised help to provide support and services to those living with MS, their families and caregivers. The MS Society also funds research with three goals: to find a cause and cure for MS, repair nervous system damage caused by MS, and stop MS attacks.
It’s estimated that approximately 55,000-75,000 men and women in Canada have MS, and every day about three more people are diagnosed. It’s most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis are unpredictable and vary from person to person and from time to time in the same person. Some of the symptoms include impaired vision, memory failure, and difficulty in walking.
One person diagnosed with MS is the Neon Riders’ team captain, Beth Button. I met Beth through mutual friends a few years ago. She was diagnosed with MS in 2006 when she was in her mid 20s. I did not know much about MS before I met Beth and I still have a lot to learn, but I do know that I want Beth to be able to keep riding her bike in the summer and keep skate skiing in the winter, and I feel that the MS Society of Canada can help.
This will be my first year riding with the Neon Riders. Last year the team raised over $11,000. This year I’m hoping to help increase that number by raising $500. If you’d like to help me reach my goal, you can donate online here.
Team Neon Riders is always looking for more members. If you would like to join us, give me a shout!