In April, Hutchinson County held its last Walk MS on behalf of the National MS Society.
Coming this weekend, Amarillo will have its annual Bike MS on behalf of the same organization.
Participants will ride their bikes for 152 miles on open roads beginning at 7 a.m. on July 24 at the Amarillo College East Campus. Registration begins at 6 a.m. The cost to enter is $25 and the fund raising minimum is $250.
On July 23, participants will travel 102 miles and on July 24, riders will go 50 miles, also starting at 7 a.m. There will be rest stops every 10 miles.
The ride will take participants from Amarillo to Canadian.
Susan Washer of Borger, who was diagnosed with MS back in 1992, and the VFW quartermaster Bob Malone joined together to create a patriotic theme rest stop for the bikers where they will hand out water and bananas. The cost to have a rest stop booth is $500. The rest stops are judged and awarded on creativity.
> > Money raised will provide research and support for people affected by MS. Early and ongoing treatment with FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms 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. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide. The National MS Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.
To find out more about Bike MS, call the National MS Society office in Amarillo at 468-8005, ext. 26.