Can you imagine?
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. It's estimated that approximately 55,000-75,000 men and women in Canada have the disease, and every day about three more people are diagnosed.
A future without MS
I've registered for the MS Bike Tour to fulfill a personal challenge, and to help the MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS and their families. The MS Society is the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services, and the MS Bike Tour has been a critical part of the MS Society's fundraising efforts for over 20 years. Proceeds from this event 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.
This will be my 12th year participating in the ride. As in years past, I will be riding for my mother-in-law Rosella. She has been living with MS for over 30 years, and it is thanks in large part to the hard work of the MS Society and the research that has continued to evolve, that allows her to continue to enjoy the things she loves to do; travelling, camping, golfing and scrapbooking. By supporting me in the 2021 MS Bike Tour, you are contributing to the continuing efforts of the MS Society to improve the support they give to those living with MS and most importantly, move ever closer to the day when a cure is discovered. Rosella's name will not be the only one on my 'Riding For' bib. I have several friends who have been diagnosed over the last several years. My ride is for them as well, and really, for all those living with and affected by MS.
A different reality, a different event:
Covid19 continues to impact the world, but for 2021, the Leduc MS Bike Tour is one of only a few in Canada that is planned as an in-person event. This year it will start and end at the Camrose Regional Exhibiiton, taking place on Saturday, July 10th. Whatever my team looks like, we'll be there, excited to take part in a REAL in person cycling event!