My participation in MS events
• MS Walk - 2015 ($720), 2016 ($160), 2017 ($50)
• MS Hike in Yoho National Park - 2015 ($315.35)
• MS Bike Tour - 2016 ($1235), 2017 ($2280), 2018 ($3370), 2019 ($4482), 2020 ($1500)
My 2021 Goal
For the 2021 Bike Tour I am setting my total fundraising goal at $3000. As someone affected by MS I feel very strongly about continuing to support research and helping with patient care funding.
One way to donate to my fundrasing is through Skipt the Depot. You can have your bottles, cans and other recycables that have refundable deposits picked up on a schedule or even just once right from your door. Use this referral code have your deposits refunded and give them as a donation to my fundraising: https://app.skipthedepot.com/brookerossman
OR.... click the Donate Now button right here on my fundraiser page to directly to donate by credit card.
The 2021 Ride....
As a previous top fundraiser in my area I was extended an invite to participate in a limited in-person one-day event. This will hopefully be able to take place on July 10th with reduced participant numbers that will follow the health an safety guidlines as advised by Health Agency of Canada as well as local public health authorities. The MS society hasn't worked out all the details yet but I do know they are planning for 1 day instead of 2. They have not yet confimred the route so I'm not sure of the distance but it will be somewhere around 90km but there may also be shorter route options. It will for sure be an out and back loop route that will begin and end in Camrose. The participant numbers will be greatly reduced and likely start with wave times versus the mass start that they usually do. As an alternative to the in person event there is also virtual event opiton as a backup plan and a virtual Rally being planned for September 18th. Training is going to be a lot different this year as well! Spin classes aren't happening due to COVID and I've gained the COVID 19+ while working from home. COVID doesn't stop the need to find a cure for MS so I need your support to help. Can you help me reach my fundraising goal with a tax deductible donation?
Info About MS
The MS Society funds research, advocates for change, and helps 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.
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
Your support means that there will be funding for more research for treatments and hopefully soon a cure will be found. Thank you for supporting me so I don't have to face MS alone.
Why Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is Personal to Me
I was diagnosised with Relapsing Remitting MS on June 10, 2013. My sons Grandma Sheri was diagosed with a more aggressive form of MS called Primary Progressive MS just a few weeks before me.
My first year after diagnosis was very rough and I experienced a lot of physical pain including muslce spasticity in my thighs and neuropathy which caused numbness, tingling and a burning cold sensation in my feet and legs that worked it's way slowly all the way to my waist. I also had blurred vision in 1 eye and truly found out what having fatigue means. In addition to the physcial symtoms I was experiencing I found going through the diagnosis to be a very emotional, frightening and depressing time. I struggled with treating symptoms and managing medications. There is no cure for MS. After some failed mecication trials and many side effects I have found a long term disease modification medication that is working better for me. I am happy to report that at this point in time I am at most times symptom free, but I do still have periods where I feel more symptoms. MS is personal to me so that's why I’m participating in MS fundraising.
If you read all the way down here Thank You for hearing me out! Thank you for your support!