May 13, 2013
Aberdeen, NJ – Aberdeen resident, Bob Rebach, will get on his bike this coming May 18th to cycle the New Jersey coastline to help to fund a cure for multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. For the past 6 years Bob has supported the National MS Society and the over 13,000 people in New Jersey affected by the disease by participating in the Bike MS “Coast the Coast” Ride.
Bob didn’t have any particular attachment to the MS cause when he first stared riding 5 years ago. On that very first ride he met Lisa Calitri and was so inspired by her that he now rides for her team and has raised over $11,000 for the event.
Lisa has been living with MS for over 15 years and deals with the daily difficulties that having MS comes along with but she does not let that stop her. “Lisa lives by the words: "I do because I can," and for someone like Lisa, who has multiple sclerosis, that isn't always easy”, says Bob. “For the last 10 years, Lisa has raised money and awareness for MS to help those who also suffer with the disease. It is hard to make excuses about what you can and can't do when you watch what Lisa does.”
Her determination to ride 170 miles every year when she could easily participate and ride a shorter distance or just ride one day is a true inspiration. “She doesn't take the easy way. Some years her MS doesn't allow her to finish, but she is always back the next year, eager to ride” says Bob. He goes on to say “the bottom line is Lisa inspires me and many others. She inspires us to participant, to donate, to fund raise and to help find a cure.”
On Saturday, May 18, 2013 both Bob and Lisa and the rest of “Lisa’s Team” will put the pedal to the meddle and coast the New Jersey coast to help create a world free of MS in the 2013 Bike MS “Coast the Coast” Ride. Their goal is to create MS awareness and raise funds to support critical programs and services and h help fund a cure.
The New Jersey Metro Chapter’s “Coast the Coast” Bike MS ride will host over 2,000 participants and volunteers with a goal of raising $1 million as they pedal along the Jersey Shore. Participants are welcome to register individually, or join or create a team, and choose from one or two day ride lengths. For more information about Bike MS please contact: Mary Beth Maclearie at 800-344-4867 or visit http://bikenjm.nationalmssociety.org.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society is a movement by and for people with MS. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education and provides programs and services that help people with MS and their families to move their lives forward. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.
Join the movement.
Find out more at nationalMSsociety.org/njm
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