Thank you for taking an interest on my fundraising efforts for the MS Society of Canada. Your donation will go directly into MS research and support programs to search for a cure while supporting those living with MS.
My journey raising funds through MS bike began ten years ago with my first tour. Around the time of a recent family diagnosis, I quickly realised how heavily my local community was impacted by MS when raising funds for my first tour. This disese can have a profound impact of families and communities, with Canadian MS rates being one of the highest in the world. I am inspired to ride and fundraise because of the strength I see from those in my family and community who are impacted by the disease, as well as the increadible stories I've heard from the greater community at MS Bike each year. There are no "rest days" from MS.
Although current situations mean a traditional MS Bike will not occur this year, a virtual MS Bike will take place. Participants can ride whenever and however they chose, with the idea being quite simple: challenge yourself. In the sprit of this challange, my goal for the Virtual MS Bike is to conquer an "Everesting" - climbing the equivalent height of Mt. Everest (8848m) in one single ride. I will be accompanied by Alex Amiri, and our team "Everesting for MS" will take the spirit of the Virtual MS Bike and strength of those we know living with MS with us as we push our limits for a hard day in the saddle.
I urge you to click the "Donate Now" button on your screen to join the fight to end MS. Every little bit will help someone living with MS recieve the care and treatment they need.
I'd like to finish this message with two "quotes" if you will that I take with me in this challenge, and hope you will remember as well. The first is an old joke between Dad and I in my first MS Bike. "Just one more hill" is something we would say at every climb, (although there were always more). It may fit the challenge, but "just one more hill" accurately describes the day to day challenges that someone living with MS must face. It's just one more challenge to overcome, but there is always another. The second is something said ten years ago on my first tour, before the hardest of the climbs. When asked if I wanted a ride, my immediate response was "it looks tough, but people with MS deal with more doing normal things every day. If they can do that, I can do this". I still stand by that statement. Any ride I could dream up would not compare to the challenges many with MS face every day. Your donation is not insignificant, and will help someone living with MS climb to the top of that "one more hill".
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