Celebrating 13 years of cycling ...
... means my wife, Linda, has been living with this debilitating disease for longer than that. She is a true champion and manages her challenges with grace and dignity but also with a lurking sense of frustration that it remains such a mystery to the talented and dedicated researchers trying to find a cure.
The symptoms are many and varied ... some awaken unable to walk or find their mobility ebbing away relentlessly over time. Others have their cognitive functions abandon them when they need them most, their vision suddenly impaired or their limbs rendered useless because they can no longer respond to commands sent from the brain. Sadly, there's precious little that can be done about it at the moment.
MS came to live with us in 2005. After the initial shock of the diagnosis had subsided, Linda steeled herself for an uncertain future. Our daughter Sara (soon to be 25) and I support Linda in whatever ways we can but also share the frustration that there is not much we can do to help her overcome it. Cycling to raise much needed funds for research is my way of making a tangible impact; I draw on Linda's resolve each and every time I clip into my pedals. Thirteen years has flown by for me; for Linda, not so much.
... a future without MS
I cycle in as many events as I can each year. As I wrote above, it's my way of helping the MS Society raise the funds needed for research and to assist those stricken with MS as well as their loved ones. My family and I have been privileged to meet many wonderful people as we participate in the MS rides and we look forward to meeting even more this year.
Sadly, MS continues to be Canada's disease. There are more people with MS, per capita, in Canada than any other country in the world. The MS Society of Canada is our National organization and MS Bike has been a critical part of their fundraising efforts for more than 25 years. Proceeds from these events help fund three primary research goals: finding a cause and cure, repairing nervous system damage and stopping MS attacks. Some of the proceeds also provide support and services to help those living with this disease as well as their families and caregivers.
I continue to ride in MS Bike because I want more than anything to secure a future without Multiple Sclerosis. With your help, I know we'll get there! By making a pledge on my behalf, you too can make a difference in the life of someone with MS.
Thanks so much for your generous support!