I know…that subject line probably makes you cringe. Its the time of year, when I ask you (our few, but faithful, blog readers!) to think about supporting me in my annual MS Ride. For me, its one weekend a year. But for those living with Multiple Sclerosis, its MS time 365 days a year. For them, it affects what they eat, how they move, what they can do, how much they can sleep…you get the idea. Wouldn’t it be great if this wasn’t true. The funds raised by this ride will go to help find a cure for MS.
Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t only affect those with the disease. It affects their spouses and children too. How does a five year old understand why daddy walks funny? How does a 10 year old explain to her friends that mommy walks with a cane? How does a wife cope with the fact that her husband can’t ride a bike along the beach like he used to? The funds raised by the MS ride will help support camps for kids and weekends away for couples to help answer those exact questions.
This is my fourth year riding, so I know how tiring it is to read this blog post year after year. I truly hope that one day I won’t have to post. This year our team has grown and I am excited to be joined by 20+ Fighting Axons. For most of us, it will be a weekend of beautiful riding, but I am also extremely proud that we have two Fighting Axons living with MS that will be there with us that weekend. As always my Uncle Ray Heacox will be giving scooter rides to the little ones and generally harassing the riders. And this year Trevis Gleason has joined our ranks, and will be encouraging all to move to Scotland!
Finally, my mom, Deborah Schenk, has graciously returned with a challenge pledge. She will match the first $1,000 in donations. That means, if you donate soon, your money will go twice as far! I am so very grateful for your support.