On April 18-19, 2015, I am participating in the BP MS 150 Houston to Austin bike tour. I’ll be joining 13,000 other cyclists as we raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
I have challenged myself to ride my bike 150 miles and raise $2,500. I’ll be doing 83 miles from Katy, TX to La Grange on Saturday, April 18th and 66 miles from La Grange to Austin on Sunday, April 19th.
The event is days away and my supporters have helped me meet my fundraising goal! Now, help me exceed it so that our impact can be felt!
The original goal was $3500, but I reduced the goal in early March. Due to the overwhelming support from my family and friends, it now looks like $3500 is possible! Will you help us get there?
$3258 Raised So Far! Shooting to hit $3500.
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Why are you raising money?
I am participating in the Ride to raise money to help fund research into the cause, treatment and cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) and provide services to the individuals affected by MS in Texas. 78 cents of each dollar donated funds research to find a cure, as well as providing programs and services for individuals and families affected by MS.
Why $2500? Well, here’s an example of how $2500 can change the quality of life for two people. Let’s reach this goal together and help the National MS Society leave an impact!
ALL of these things can be paid for with $2500 in donations:
- Manual Wheelchair (x2)
- Self-Help Group Training (x2)
- Basic Home Access Ramp (x2)
- Bathroom Safety Grab Bars (x2)
- $50 of Bus Fare (x2)
Imagine the effect of this gift on someone in need of a wheelchair, home wheelchair ramp. bathroom safety bars, bus fare, and some self-help training. $2500 will do this for TWO people.
Of course, the National MS Society will decide exactly how to use our donations — but the example above is exactly the kind of thing they do. See the PDF below for more information.
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TOP 10 REASONS TO HELP ME RAISE MONEY FOR MS:
10. BECAUSE multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that affects the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another.
9. BECAUSE every week, 200 young adults in the United States learn that they have multiple sclerosis.
8. BECAUSE an MS diagnosis means never knowing how the disease will affect you. It could affect your ability to walk or talk, your vision, memory or cognitive skills. For some it will mean the end of their careers, for others everyday activities tasks such as caring for a child, making dinner or doing the laundry will become impossible.
7. BECAUSE MS strikes between the ages of 20 and 50, when people are just beginning their career, their marriage and their family.
6. BECAUSE for over 400,000 people in the United States, MS is a reality. In Texas, MS affects 56,426 people.
5. BECAUSE MS research gives us invaluable insight into the function of the immune and nervous systems and provides a window of treatment for MS and many other auto-immune diseases.
4. BECAUSE my goal is $2,500 and I can only raise it with your help.
3. BECAUSE ALL donations (large and small) make a difference and are tax-deductible.
2. BECAUSE 150 miles is a long way to ride, but knowing I have your support will help me meet this challenge.
1. BECAUSE with continued research we can find a cure.
My MS150 Backers
I really appreciate all who have given donations on my behalf. Your support and belief in me pushes me to keep going further.
- Brandon Griffin
- Jade Moore
- Tony Benton and Family
- Tim, Ann, and Brody Lux
- Kent Hughes and Family
- Bessie and Carl Evans
- Nancy Thompson
- Albert and Jacquelyn Hawkins
- John and Lorena Griffin
- Leroy White
- Robert Ransburg
- Clarence Williams
- Margaret Boston
- Robert and Cheryl Pellette
- Sophia and Calvin Williams
- Debbie Akridge
- Micco Fay
- Mitra Woody
- Gwen and Dwight Drake
- Marcus Price
- Brian Hurdle
- Chris and Terra Johnson
- Kristie Dillard
- Kelly George
- Aubrey Eyer
- Mauricio Fonseca and Family
- Jaime Terry aka Team Terry Wife (her support extends far, far beyond her donation)
- Richard Wagner
- Phillip Butler
- Jerrell Branch
- Timothy Johnson
- Falil Oritola
- Cherry & Sammie Brooks
- Jerome Love
- Mike Malone, II
- Malaki Sims
- Marlon Davis
- Thoma Brewer
- Michael Jordan
- April Patterson
- Robert Santos
- Javier Becerril
- Christopher Rosette
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease that affects people in many different ways. It could be paralysis one day, loss of vision the next or impaired memory the day after that. Living with MS means living with uncertainty.
When it comes to MS, only two things are certain:
- Another American is newly diagnosed with MS every hour of every day.
- Many people are joining the movement toward a world free of MS – including me.