Dan Siegel set out on his first Bike MS: Waves to Wine ride 12 years ago just months after his own MS diagnosis and two short years after his mom died at age 60 from the effects of MS. While new to cycling, Dan felt that riding 150 hilly miles would demonstrate that he could get fitter and stronger despite his MS. He also wanted to raise funds for MS research and to assist those living with the disease.
His first-year success at Bike MS inspired Dan to make a bigger impact and he formed the Mitzvah Milers, recruiting riders from synagogues throughout the Bay Area. Mitzvah is Hebrew for “commandment” and informally means “act of human kindness.” One of the most consistent and longstanding teams in the ride, the Mitzvah Milers have raised a total of $425,000 for MS research!
While Dan is often one of the last riders to finish, he is a leader in the fight against MS and is grateful that his MS symptoms, including leg weakness, have remained stable. Dan deeply values the camaraderie of riders, volunteers and staff at Bike MS. He wishes to thank his team members and those who have donated to this worthy cause. Ride on!