Who We Are:
In 2009, Al Borys (then 76) had the idea to Bike to the Viking. He recruited some family members to make a team, raised over $3000 at his "no gifts, but please pledge us" 50th wedding anniversary, and our team of 4, Al's Angels, was born with Al as captain. Since then, we have gained a few members, lost a few, and have had a few 'one-timers'. Regardless of the team make-up, we've always had the one common goal: raising money for the MS Society.
In 2015, having grown in size, we reached a milestone, raising over $10,000 that year! This meant that we could participate in the Team Tent area the following year! (It was like being allowed to play on the 'big kid' side of the playground!) We have continued to grow as a team, always looking for riders who aren't affiliated with a team, as the camaraderie, encouragement, and support we get from our fellow team members, makes the ride so much more fun - not to mention in our team tent and banquet time! this year, our youngest team members are in their teens, and our oldest, Al, (our first captain, and inspiration) is 86 this year - and plans to ride even having just recently been allowed to train, after a kneecap break! The rest of us fall between the two ages. We also have a number of 'Associate Angels' who volunteer at rest stops and the motorcycle crew - all so important to the ride!
It really is a fun and rewarding weekend, but also so important to remember why we ride. We ride because we can. Most of us on the team have seen first hand what MS does. How it steals from those affected so many abilities: ability to work, ability to play, ability to do so much of what the rest of us take for granted. We, Al's Angels, celebrate that we are able to ride - and what a celebration that should be.
Last year was a special year for our team: Our 10th ride, and a reason to celebrate!! As a team, we have raised over $90,000 for the MS Society! This year will be an amazing milestone, as we will pass that $100,000 mark raised for the MS Society! (I have a feeling that in 2009, Al never imagined his idea would have turned into such a huge accomplishment!
Kerri (Borys) Gaminek, for Al's Angels
Words from the MS Society (but meaningful to our team):
Why we’re gearing up
Every day 3 more Canadians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable illness that affects vision, balance, memory and mobility. We don’t know what causes MS and there is no cure.
Your support means families who are impacted by this often devastating disease do not have to face MS alone.
Join us in the fight to end MS
Become a member of our team and spend the day with friends and family knowing that you are helping to create a more hopeful future for the 100,000 Canadians living with MS.
If you aren't able to participate, pledge our team today to help us reach our goal. When you make a donation, your funds are invested into groundbreaking MS research and valuable services for families affected by MS.