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.
I am part of the MS Bike Tour because I believe in a future without multiple sclerosis – and with your help we can get there. Please give generously.
The above was written for my by the MS Society. I was going to take it out, but it really contains all the reasons I'm doing this. Well, not quite: I've seen first hand how MS has affected the quality of life of my cousin. I've seen the exhaustion, the weakness, the inability to do what she once could do. In the last 5 years, 4 more people whom I know have been diagnosed. I've seen how this disease is sneaky and unpredictable and devastating, and I want to be part of the cure.
Please know that I know there are many 'causes' out there. All of them good. All of them important. All of them potentially & hopefully life-changing. I am by no means negating any others by choosing this one as 'My Cause', and I certainly donate to the others.