Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world.
It’s true – 100 000 Canadians live with MS. Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning 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 many and vary for everyone.
I’m taking the challenge to help the MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS and their families. Proceeds from my campaign and others like it provide support and services to help those living with this disease, their families and caregivers. They also fund research with three primary goals: to find a cause and cure for MS, repair nervous system damage caused by MS and stop MS attacks. By supporting me, you too can make a difference in the life of someone with multiple sclerosis.
I am doing whatever it takes in the fight to end MS. Will you join me?
My Personal Web Log
I finally went and did it. I upgraded my bike for the trip. My smaller Harley Davidson Sportster 1200T would have done the trip but I would have had to put in a lot of money to upgrade it to make it comfortable for a minimum 13000 km trip.
I got a proper touring bike (Harley Road Glide CVO) with every amenity included to make the trip as easy for me as possible. It definitively has more room!
Only a month and a 1/2 to go before I start the trip. I am looking forward to it!
by Johnny Poitras on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 10:56 AM
Well, I got my tent ready for the trip! I haven't used it in about a year but I'm glad I took relative care of it. Aired it out over a few days to make sure no mold or anything set in since it's been in storage all that time.
I plan to mostly stay in hotels if I can, but knowing I have this option makes it even better. And in the event I break down, it'll provide needed shade in the lower states where it can get quite hot.
by Johnny Poitras on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 7:01 PM
Plan coming together
After a month or so of putting out feeling on how this trip would start, it seems everything has taken off! We are still 4 months away from my start date, but I have now heard back from both Canadian and US Multiple Sclerosis societies and have both pages up and ready. More news to follow!
by Johnny Poitras on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 2:18 PM
I am finally doing this!
When I was diagnosed with MS in 2014, I knew I had to do something. I knew I always wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle. After a year of research, I completed the training course, and got my license. Almost as soon as I got my license, I knew I wanted to do a cross-country trip to help raise awareness for MS.
I started out small and did my first day trip that year in 2015, then the following year I decided to do a weekend trip to Montreal (600 km from home, 1200 km round trip). The next year I did a 3 day trip around Lake Huron. This year, I am finally ready...I am going for the big one.
Going to be traveling from Bridgestone Canada head office in Mississauga, to our tire manufacturing plant in Joliette, Quebec. I will then head west until British Columbia stopping at locations trying to raise awareness for the cause.
I will then head south all the way down to Los Angeles, then ride north-east until Colorado. From there I will ride east to Nashville, then finally north through to Ohio and finally back to my Canadian head office in Mississauga.
Trip total distance is about 13000 km round trip. Should be fun, please join me on my trip to help end MS!
by Johnny Poitras on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 7:29 AM