Soo… I realize it’s halfway through June and I’m just getting around to writing this May Give Back post. But I have a good reason for being away and that reason happens to be my May Give Back organization (and place of employment)!
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Bike MS
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is an immune-mediated disease that attacks a part of the central nervous system. It’s an unpredictable disease with no known cure, however the National MS Society is working to change that.
“The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.”
Through advocacy, research, and programming (to just name a few), the Society works to better the lives of those living with and affected by MS. There are many fundraising events that occur throughout the year, however today I want to focus on Bike MS.
Bike MS is the largest fundraising cycling series in the world!
This year, Tour de Farms has raised $1 million and counting. Our market’s event is two-days, with cyclists having the choice of routes ranging from 15 miles – 125 miles on the first day and 15 miles – 75 miles on the second day. It’s amazing to see the diversity in participants. Some people go 15 miles on a mountain bike, others ride the full 125 on an expensive road bike. The ride is meant to be accessible to all levels of cyclists. Everyone’s there for the same reason- to end MS forever.
This year was HOT and WINDY. We might not have been in the Windy City itself, but the Chicago area lived up to its name. With wind speeds of up to 40 mph on Saturday and 20-30 mph on Sunday and the temperature in the 90s, it was a tough ride. I’m so proud of how everyone persevered through the weather, with some cyclists riding 10-12 hours.
MS doesn’t stop and neither do we.
There are so many other things I could talk about surrounding Bike MS- the stories I heard, the individuals I talked to, the amazing feats of endurance I witnessed. However, the best way for you to understand this event is to attend one yourself.