In 2009, Joe invited me to accompany him on his bike trip from Vancouver southward. I said sure, surprising both Joe and myself. (Neither of us had a bike at the time, and I hadn't been on a bike for at least five years) this was at the same time in which Joe's mother, Susanna Johnson, was diagnosed with MS, and was why we were biking to raise money & awareness for the MS Society.
Despite a difficult start (Did you know there are mountains on the west coast? All the way to the coast!) this trip was one of the best experiences of my life, enhanced by it being for a wonderful cause.
Since then Joe started Team Susanna, named after his mother the amazing Susanna Johnson of course, and I have been a member since the start, every year it's a great experience for a great cause.
To all my sponsers, past and present: Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and support.
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.