Monday, June 25, 2012

Cache Valley, Utah and Idaho - BikeMS 2012

This was my 7th year participating in the Bike MS Utah event to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  This event is always one of the highlights of my summer because of the scenic 175 mile ride through Cache Valley, the amazing volunteers and support, and the opportunity to help a great cause.  The event raised over 1.5 million dollars for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and thanks to my awesome family and friends, I was able to exceed my fundraising goals and reach the $450 mark.

Enjoying the ride through Cache Valley at the MS Bike Ride

This year I was joined by Robert, Ryan, Keith, Melissa, and Shawn and we all had a great weekend riding and relaxing in Logan, Utah.  The hot and windy weather made for a challenging ride, but the volunteers and riders made this event motivating and fun.  Thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped me fund raise to ride this year!

Shawn at the start line, very excited for his first MS Bike ride

Biking up Blacksmith Fork Canyon near Logan, UT

MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. The symptoms of MS are different and devastating for everyone. There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis. With diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.

Multiple sclerosis has been around for centuries, taking away people's ability to feel, see and even move. In the past fifteen years alone, six new disease-modifying drugs have been made available and dozens more are in the pipeline. Where there was once no hope, there is now huge momentum towards successful treatments and a cure.

The end of a great ride with Keith (Photo by Shawn Holloway)