Sep 24, 2013
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Susan Ashline|
|September 23, 2013||Office: 585-271-0805 x 70344|
Cyclists Pedal up to 100 Miles Breaking Fundraising Goal for National MS Society
Schodack, NY – More than 100 cyclists turned out for Bike MS Hudson River Ramble on Saturday, September 21, raising more than $80,000 for the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter. That’s roughly $30,000 beyond the chapter’s goal for this annual fundraising event that had cyclists leaving from Birch Hill Catering in Schodack and riding as few as 10 miles or as many as 100 miles through the Hudson River Region.
Funds raised from this event go to research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system that strikes people in Upstate New York at a rate twice the national average.
Donations also support programs and services for more than 12,800 people living with MS in the chapter’s 50-county coverage area, including more than 3,400 people in the Capital District.
Established in 1980, the National MS Society’s Bike MS event is the largest organized cycling series in the country.
Between April and November, 100 unique cycling events are offered by Society chapters nationwide. Last year, cyclists raised nearly $83 million to support MS research and programs delivered by the Society's 50-state network of chapters. Bike MS has raised more than $1 billion since its inception. In the Upstate New York Chapter area last year, 400 cyclists participated in Bike MS rides in Upstate New York, raising $252,850.
This year, the chapter held Bike MS in two other locations: Bike MS Finger Lakes Challenge was in Keuka Park in July, followed by Bike MS Southtowns Shuffle in the Buffalo area in August.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Communications Manager, 585-271-0805 (x70344), Susan.Ashline@nmss.org.
About multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter: Multiple sclerosis, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed. The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide and more than 12,800 people in the 50-county region served by the Upstate New York Chapter. For more information, visit MSupstateny.org.