Can it possibly be 25 years? A quarter of a century! It hardly seems possible. How many kilometres I've covered I can't truly calculate, but the measure of my sponsors' generosity is very clear - over $150,000 in donations to fund research into Multiple Sclerosis.
For this 25th Tour, I will be cycling in four bike rides in Ontario - Prince Edward County, Grand Bend/London, Niagara and Toronto, covering over 350 km in 'official' distance plus much more in training before the season starts.
I am counting on you being there with me every kilometre of the way! Please, once again, open your heart and open your wallet. I thank you, and the 100,000 Canadians dealing with multiple sclerosis every day thank you.
What does Multiple Sclerosis do? One morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or your memory may fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and they vary for each person. It is estimated that 75,000 men and women in Canada have the disease, and every day about three more people are diagnosed.
What does the MS Society do? The MS Society funds research, advocates for change, and provides support to people with MS and their families. Research has three primary goals: to find what causes MS, to learn how to repair nervous system damage caused by MS and stop MS attacks, and, most importantly, to end MS.
What is the MS Bike Tour? Across Canada, cyclists come together to raise funds to support the work of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. There are one-day rides and two-day rides, easy rides and challenging rides, shorter rides and longer rides. The rides are organised and supported by a small team of MS Society staff and an army of volunteers. Over the past 20+ years, the MS Bike Tour has been one of the primary sources of funds for the MS Society.