Virus or no virus, we're carrying on - just in a different way!
Now we're fighting two diseases, but COVID-19 hasn't stopped us on the MS front. This year's activity is going to have to be individual rather than the joyous community event we're used to, but we're still doing it.
I've decided to post animation of my rides at the bottom of this page so you can see what I've been up to – feel free to trash my performance!
It's about reducing suffering.
Cyclists like to tell themselves that it's all about pain and suffering, but it's nothing compared to what MS patients go through. There may be a little suffering involved in the Cowichan Valley Experience ride, but we're happy to do it if it helps the people who really count, the tens of thousands of MS patients in Canada and less directly, millions elsewhere.
This is personal
I've generally had good luck with health, but my brother-in-law, Mike Addison, was not so fortunate. He suffered from MS for about 25 years until passing away on November 6, 2018.
In 2004 his two kids, James and Nicky, and I plus a couple of other friends decided to do something about MS by signing up for the Grape Escape, as it was then called, and seeing whether we could raise some money for MS research and services. At the time we hoped, of course, that our efforts would in some way improve Mike's life as well as those of other MS patients, but now we're carrying on in his memory.
There has been progress on several fronts, but MS is unfortunately still with us, and the need for patient assistance services is ongoing. Please support our effort to improve the lives of those with MS, and hopefully progress toward an MS-free world in the long run, by pledging whatever you can to our project. It's deeply appreciated.
Putting the money to work
A few years ago I was selected as a member of one of the national panels that review applications for research support. This was part of the MS Society's effort to ensure that supported research is relevant to members of the MS community as well as being scientifically sound. My term is now over, and looking back I think it was worthwhile as well as interesting - I was especially pleased by the level of interest that the scientific members of the panel took in the views of us "civilians" and it reinforces my confidence that the money we raise is getting put to good use.
This video gives you an idea of what is being done: https://youtu.be/fiC_VRpxrgw
Where do we ride?
Routes for 2020 don’t really mean much because actual riding is ad lib, but here’s what we had in mind if we’d been able to get together:
Here's my ride log for the campaign:
09-Apr bike check 13.4
10-Apr lap around Shawnigan Lake 22.5
13-Apr route check - GPS quit half way 30.0
29-Apr Birthday coffee with Glenn 16.8
10-May lap of the lake 22.7
27-May grocery run 18.8
24-Jun client visit 20.0
25-Jun Todd Creek trestle chedk - still closed 10.4
10 Jul Bike check 27.5
12 Jul Tzouhalem training ride 44.9
15 Jul Made in Mexico 33.2
18-Jul-20 Snakebit Hill 26.4
22-Jul-20 Respects to Mikey 34.2
25-Jul-20 Enchiladas 40.6