Why I’m cycling to end MS
Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. Every day three more Canadians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable illness that affects vision, balance, memory and mobility. We don’t know what causes MS and there is no cure.
I'm riding for three reasons: as a personal challenge, out of concern for my own health, and to support my best friend, whose mother has MS (and who is riding with me!).
In 2012, over the course of five scary days, I lost all of the vision in my left eye. Half a dozen MRIs, a series of expensive medical tests and two years of neurology appointments later, my neurologist pronounced me an "atypical case". I was given a provisional diagnosis, but told that I didn't fit the diagnostic criteria for either MS or the closely-related disease that he thought I might have (NMO). It's now 5 years later, and my health status remains closely linked to the outcome of emerging research on autoimmune diseases, MS, and NMO. My vision never completely returned, but I am thankful that I can walk and participate in this year's MS Bike.
Your support means Canadian families who are affected by this disease - like mine, and my best friend's - do not have to face MS alone.
When you donate to my fundraising efforts for the MS Bike, your funds are invested into research to find the cause and cure for the disease, while providing services to Canadians with multiple sclerosis and their families.
Thank you in advance for joining the fight to end MS.