Along with nights out at your favorite restaurant or bar, browsing the aisles at your local retailer, getting you hair cut and big hugs for that person you haven’t seen in years, the annual Multiple Sclerosis Bike Ride isn’t going to be the same this year.
The tour has gone virtual, with no large-scale group events being held anywhere across Canada. But that does not mean the need to support research into MS and to support those living with the disease has ended. Nor does that mean that Silke and I aren’t going to be getting on our bikes and doing what we can to support the fight against the disease.
The weekend of July 25th and 26th is the target date for all the riders across Canada to do their rides individually. Silke and I have already been out on our bikes for a number of training rides and during that last weekend of July we plan on doing a nice long ride, approximating the 80km we would normally ride in Niagara.
Multiple Sclerosis has been a part of our lives for some time now. Silke, my wife, was diagnosed in 2004 and the new routines of living with MS are now part of our daily lives. MS doesn’t define who you are, but it does continue to have an impact on how you can live your life. MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are both physical and emotional, and they last a lifetime, as currently there is no cure.
Did you know...
• Canadians have the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis in the world.
• Estimates indicate that approximately in 1 in 400 Canadians are living with MS.
• Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS.
• It is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15 to 40.
• Women are twice as likely to develop MS as men.
My goal is raise $2,000 in spite of the complications we are all facing from the COVID-19 pandemic to support research in search of a cure for MS and to assist the many people who are struggling with the disease.
Please join me in letting them know that they are not alone, and that together we will work towards finding a cure. Please take the time right now to sponsor me. Large or small it all helps.
Silke and I Thank You for any support you can provide.