“Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.
The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.”
On May 31st 2015 five intrepid DLS cyclists set out from Cape Charles on Virginia’s eastern shore, on a 150 trek to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research.
Jenni McSwain, Josh Pierce, Kendall Monnett, Gwen Mamanua and Doug Craig trained from March to May for this ride, covering several hundred miles of local trails and roads, and riding in to work regularly.
Thanks to donations from family and friends, and through fundraisers that included a great DLS Quiz Night and a Soup and Bread sale, we were able to raise $2,788.00. Thanks to all who donated.
Setting out in the clear morning air, with about 500 other riders, we cycled east out of Cape Charles at 7:00AM, and headed out through fabulous Virginia countryside, covering each 13-mile leg in about 45 minutes. Well supplied with trail mix bars, watermelon slices, pickles (?) and Gatorade, thanks to local support groups, we cycled through the rapidly warming day to Wachapreaque, on the Atlantic Coast, for lunch and cold towels, then on to Silver Strand YMCA Summer Camp, back on the Chesapeake Bay, arriving in 90+ temperatures at about 2:00PM. The following day we leapt back on to our trusty bikes and did it all over again, in the opposite direction. Day 2 was tough, with headwinds for about 40 miles, but we slogged on, and eventually rolled back into Cape Charles, to a hero’s welcome from Doug’s bride and a few other people, later in the day.
We expect to be doing another MS ride in the Spring of 2016, and will be pleased to welcome new riders, with or without experience, to help raise research funds for MS while enjoying some great exercise.
We expect to be doing another MS ride in 2016, and will be pleased to welcome new riders, with or without experience, to help raise research funds for MS while enjoying some great exercise. Watch out for the notice soon.