It's been almost 13 years since my sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It's been about 8 years now since one of my dearest friends from college received her diagnosis, too.
MS is unpredictable, and affects different people in different ways. We're grateful that my friend is doing well and still able to work as a cytogenetic research assistant. My sister is disabled, though, and since November of last year she's been confined to a wheelchair.
The Alpha, super guy that he is, will be riding the MS 150 this year for a second time, in honor of these two women. He's not one of these folks that's into cycling; he's into this particular cause. Two years ago, as he prepared for his first ride, I didn't understand how big a deal it was to ride 150 miles on a full-suspension mountain bike. Then I saw him up against all the people with street bikes. He has a more road-friendly model this year, but he still kept his goal of not spending a lot on equipment, in favor of using the money toward fighting the disease.
Will you help? His fundraising page is here.
Together, we can move forward and make a difference.