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 have 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.
MS is very prevalent. I'm certain we all know someone who is affected by this disease. Hopefully we will see more break-throughs in the not-too-distant future, so the next generation will have one less disease to worry about.
This will be the 8th year that I have participated in this ride.
This ride is a physical challenge. It covers over 140 kilometres in two days of riding. There are significant hills (including the dreaded 49 Creek hill as we cycle back through Blewett, west of Nelson!), switchbacks, some breath-taking scenery and the opportunity to view plenty of wildlife (no bears, please). Of course there will be the great company of like-minded cyclists and the opportunity to jump into Kootenay Lake (if one dares) on the return to Nelson.
I have been privileged to ride the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge every year since its inception. Not only is it a great ride for a great cause, but I am so pleased to be involved with such a great and caring group of people who plan and participate in this ride.
My fundraising efforts include both these on-line contributions, but alternately, if you prefer to donate by cash or cheque, please contact me and I will be pleased to receive your pledge.
Thank you for your support.
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.