Sep 06, 2013
West Long Branch, NJ–Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and can stop people from moving. For some, this means living with unpredictable symptoms that can come and go, like numbness and blurred vision. For others, there is more permanent damage, like paralysis. For everyone impacted by MS, it means not knowing what the day will bring and always being prepared for the unexpected, making it difficult to move forward in life.
On Sunday, September 15, West Long Branch resident Darrell Wordelmann will cycle his way through the Amwell Valley to help raise awareness of and critical funds for those living locally with multiple sclerosis. Darrell is riding in the Bike MS “Hops to Hops” ride in honor of his mother Mary who was diagnosed with MS at the age of 17. Mary lived with MS for 34 years and for most of Darrell’s life she was in a wheelchair. Darrell can recall the struggles his mother went through being a single parent with MS, but she did not let her personal struggle get in the way of a proper upbringing for himself and his brother Bobby.
Growing up with a parent who has MS Darrell knows the daily struggles that those living with the disease have to deal with. Darrell has made it his goal to help find a cure for MS and help support programs for those who are currently living with the disease. He was profoundly moved by his mother mother’s determination to live a full life in spite of her MS. “Watching my mother tackling everyday life with multiple sclerosis with a smile on her face was a true inspiration” says Darrell. “I'm biking with my brother Bobby. It means a lot to me to be side by side raising money in honor of our mother. My brother was my mentor when I was growing up as a kid and even though we had tough times at the end of the day we truly grew up to be men that our mother would be proud of us.”
On September 15th at the Inn at Lambertville Station in Lambertville, NJ, Darrell Wordelmann will brave the hills of the Amwell Valley with a smile on his face knowing that his hard work will help the National MS Society provide support to people living with MS.
There is still time to register or come out on Sunday to cheer Darrell on. The Bike MS “Hops to Hops Ride” is the second leg of the NJ Metro Chapter’s three-part Bike MS Ride Series. The “Coast the Coast” Ride took place in May of this year and the “The Great New Jersey County Ride will take place on September 21st and 22nd in Morristown, NJ. For more information about Bike MS or to register to cycle or volunteer, please contact Mary Beth Maclearie at (732) 660-1005 or visit bikenjm.nationalmssociety.org.
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