This summer I am cycling Canadian roads to change the future of MS.
As many of you know, Carla was diagnosed nearly 2 years ago with MS....more specifically Relapsing-Remitting MS. First signs of the disease were experienced by Carla back in 2009-2010 but at that time it was dismissed as a viral infection in her spinal fluid. She didn't meet "the criteria" to be diagnosed with MS. Numbness in her legs, tingling in her feet and constant fatigue are daily symptoms she deals with. Some days are better than others. Equate the numbness she feels in her legs to that of when a part of your body falls asleep. For comparison sake, let's say it's your legs or feet. Now without trying to get the circulation flowing, get up and walk around normally. Pretty tough isn't it. And this isn't a feeling that just goes away within a minute of moving around. Throw in feeling like you've not slept in 4 days. This is not a happy way to live, but my little trooper keeps pushing on. Her medication (at a cost of $1800/month) is helping with any progression of this disease, but any damage already done can not be reversed. Her positive attitude, drive and unwillingness to let this disease get the best of her makes me proud of her every day.
With that...and the desire to give back to a community that has helped us and requires funds for future developement i'm taking on the challenge to ride for MS. With current covid conditions and a relatively unknown outlook i've chosen to be a virtual rider. This is not to say that i won't actually be riding. The original London MS ride is normally a 2 day event running from the Grand bend motorplex to UWO on the saturday followed by a return ride on the sunday. A 150 - 175 klm ride total. My goal is to log in 1000 klm's by the end of Sept 2021 raising as many funds for MS research as i can. And i hope i can count on all of you to contribute. Please donate! I'll be posting up my progress after each ride on my social media platforms and look forward to sharing this adventure with everyone.