What is it?
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves
Who does it affect?
2-3x more women than men. (More info. below).
What is the prevalence?
400,000 in the US. Increasing at the rate of 28/day (just in the US). 2.5 million world wide.
Can I help?
I am glad you asked :-). You can help by supporting me in my attempt to bike from Houston to Austin on the 12th of April 2008. My goal is to raise 500$ to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Why are you doing this?
It started out as a desire to get healthy and find a way to stay healthy. One conversation led to another and soon I had registered to ride the MS150 along with a few other friends. I am new to biking (my first ride on a ride bike was in late 2007) but I am enjoying the learning process and the adventure of attempting... something this ambitious for a beginner like me.
It is a privilege that through all my muddled attempts at riding I have the opportunity to raise support for fight against multiple sclerosis. So to answer the question, I am doing this because I have the opportunity to help and because it is a good thing to do.
Great, what next?
If you are interested and would like to help me meet my goal please follow the instructions below.
- Remember all donations are tax deductible.
- No amount is too little or too much, I am grateful for your support so please give as you please.
- You can either pay directly by clicking here. (I recommend this approach)
- or you can send me a cheque (leave me a comment and I will send you the address details).
I want to know more about MS?
Here are some good places to start
- The National Multiple Sclerosis society site.
- The MS Wikipedia page.
- The MS150 Houston to Austin ride site.
- Squidoo's highest ranked lens on MS
- The ride is a total of 175 miles, 100 miles on day 1 and 75 miles on day 2.
- I will be riding with 4-6 other close friends. some of them are veteran bikers and I am the noob, we will see how long I can hang with the pack :-)
- I began biking very recently (couple months back), so my goal is to ride well enough to finish the ride. Anything better than that the beer is on me ;-).
Finally, thank you for the taking the time to read this blog post. MS is but one of several chronic and debilitating diseases that affect individuals and their families. I appreciate your time and intention is understanding more about this problem.