Jun 11, 2012
Why I Ride Contest
Each week from April to mid-June, we highlighted an amazing Bike MS participant and his/her story. Please continue to share why you ride by registering for Bike MS and updating your Participant Page today. Don't Just Ride. Bike MS.
Week: June 11
“I barely knew my father-in- law. He passed away in December of 1994 after battling MS for nearly 15 years. I became his son-in-law seven months later,” said Chris Miller.
Chris and his family will be riding in Bike MS for their second year in honor of his late father-in-law Donald Gates Kilpatrick, Jr. This year they formed a team called Gates’ Gears with a goal of raising $4,000.
Donald was diagnosed with progressive degenerative MS. “Once a teacher, he lost the ability to comprehend the written word. One horrible afternoon while driving with his kids, MS took hold of the muscles in his legs and wouldn't let him step on the brake pedal. One child ended up with a broken jaw and the other spent a month in traction. He went from walking with a cane, to a walker, to a wheelchair, to bed ridden.”
Chris lives by the motto that 'there’s so much good to be done. This is why he’s participating in Bike MS and doing all he can to help find a cure. His goal is to help prevent another family from going through what his did. To read more of his inspirational story, check out his Participant Page.
Week: June 4
With every pedal, Rex will be thinking of his brother Rick, while he participates in the Bike MS Idaho: Road, Sweat & Gears McCall.
“My brother Rick Parker passed away last year due to complications from MS, at the young age of 53. All of the above applied to Rick - blurry to no vision, steadily losing his ability to ride a bike, then stand, then walk, and finally towards the end, he had lost the use of all of his limbs and the ability to do practically anything on his own”
With a goal of raising $2,500, Rick has begun training with his friends by riding to the 9 mile marker on Bogus Basin Road, the old Schwinn Road and Discovery Road. His brother’s avid love of cycling keeps pushing him forward. “Rick's love of cycling is why I'm cycling for him now. I'll be riding Rick's 1987 Schwinn Super Sport road bike in his honor. I know that Rick would have been extremely happy if this fund-raising effort were to help just one person.”
To read more about their story visit his Personal Page.
Week: May 29
“When life gets challenging, what do you do? You LivBig!” says Amy Lukas.
She learned this concept from her mother, someone that she says has passion and drive for life, despite her diagnosis of MS. “In 1987, a doctor told her ‘Just go home, sit and relax. You can't do anything anymore’.Living the past 20 years in a wheelchair, fighting with courage and optimism, she has shown fierce determination to live fully, inspiring all who cross her path. “
Amy, along with her LivBig Team, rides in hope of helping create a world free of MS. With a goal of $1,500, Amy will ride in June in honor of her mother and all those living with MS. To support Amy and learn more about why she rides, visit her Personal Page.
Week: May 21
Multiple sclerosis, hits close to home for Bob Wassom of Team Friends on Bikes. His niece has lived with MS most of her adult life, and his daughter has CIDP, an autoimmune disorder with symptoms very similar to MS.
Bob rides to help make a difference. “I want to do something to help those who can't ride...like my daughter, and the millions of others who live with MS.”
Bob has a goal to raise $1,500, and is calling on his loyal supporters to donate. To help Bob achieve his goal and learn more about his story visit his Participant Page.
Week: May 14
Kendra Pugh, from Team Fire & Laughter, is no stranger to Bike MS. Over the last ten years she has volunteered at the event with her little brother, while her dad has participated in the ride. This year she is challenging herself to go from being a volunteer to becoming a rider.
Since her first Bike MS Event , the ride has taken on a different meaning to her. Kendra says, “The ride has taken on a whole new life for me; my own big sister & brother were diagnosed. My family and friends form this team so that we can be proactive in finding a cure & helping those in our community who live with the devastating effects of MS. “
We would like to thank Kendra for all her years of volunteering, and wish her the best as she embarks on her first Bike MS ride! To learn more about Kendra and her family check out her Personal Page.
Week: May 7
Janine Watson of Team Kirstin, is riding in Bike MS this year because she wants to do something for the people like her, that have been diagnosed with MS.
Janine tells us, "There are dates in your life you always remember. The day you were married, when your children were born, family and friends birthdays, holidays. I also remember the day I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. When I was diagnosed there were no treatments available to slow the progression of the disease."
Learn more about Janine and how she is helping make a difference via her Participant Page. We would like to thank Janine for sharing her story in this week’s Why I Ride Contest.
Week: April 30
Alison Moon, team captain of Team- Marrissa, was selected for her powerful story of why she rides in Harmons Best Dam Bike Rdie.
Alison has two daughters that were diagnosed with MS. She writes on her Participant Page, “Most of you know that I lost my daughter Marrissa [last year] to complications of multiple sclerosis. I also have another daughter, Shalise, who was diagnosed two years ago. She vowed at her sister's passing that this would not be her fate. This team will do everything in its power to see that it isn't.”
You can read Alison’s family story and why they embarked to ride 100-miles for the first time at their inaugural Bike MS event last year in the Provo Herald Extra. It is a touching story.
Thank you Alison for sharing such an impactful story and reminding us we can all make a difference to help find a cure for MS.
Week: April 23
Andrew Sorensen of Team Cyprus Credit Union is the winner of this week’s “Why I Ride Contest.”
He will be riding for his sixth year in Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride.
Andrew writes on his page – “I remember that toward the end of the day of my first MS150 ride, there was an elderly man (whom I could only assume has MS) sitting in a wheelchair off the side of the road. He had probably been there for several hours, in the heat of summer. He just sat there quietly with a sign that said "Thank You" as he waved to all the cyclists passing by. I want to pass that thanks on to all of you for your support.”
That’s a powerful moment. Thank you, Andrew, for all you do to help create a world free of MS!
Check out his Participant Page to discover his passion behind Bike MS.
Week: April 16
Michelle Hales Dolinar
Congratulations to Michelle Hales Dolinar of the Iron Eagles team for sharing her story in our weekly “Why I Ride Contest.”
Michelle rides in Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride in honor of her sister, Marianne. Michelle writes on her page – “When she was first diagnosed I wanted to learn everything I could about the disease. I was sure that if I studied hard enough that I could find a cure. Kind of crazy, I know, but that's just how my brain works :-)”
Make sure to view her Participant Page to learn more about why she rides and her team’s cool fundraising approach that includes an iPhone/iPad ap called CureMS. It is for sale on iTunes with sales being donated. The team also has a gumball/jawbreaker machine at a local theater.
We would like to thank her for all of her dedication and fundraising over the years. She also has a blog that tells the story of her and her team. Check it out.
Week: April 9
Congrats to Margie Madden of team Vicious Cycles for sharing her story in our weekly “Why I Ride Contest.” Margie will be riding for her sixth time in Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride.
Margie writes on her page – "I was forever changed during that ride my first year in 2007. The people I met at the event, the volunteers that have MS, the stories I heard of how these funds helped someone with MS, it changed my life. They were so grateful to me, and I should really thank them."
We would like to thank her for all of her dedication and fundraising over the years. This year she has a goal to raise $1,000.
See her Participant Page to learn more about why she rides, her passion for Bike MS and several action photos from past Bike MS events.
Week: April 2
Congrats to Rachel Taylor of Team Brain for sharing her story in our weekly “Why I Ride Contest.” Rachel will be riding for her 17thtime in Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride.
Rachel writes on her page – “The first five rides I was young(er), healthy as a horse and unstoppable! In 2000, in a strange turn of events, I struggled to even do my part on the back of our tandem bike. Two weeks later was diagnosed -- with MS. “
We would like to thank her for all of her dedication and fundraising over the years. This year she has a goal to raise $5,000.
Check out her Participant Page to discover her passion behind Bike MS and her creative spin on using her Page to fundraise.
Each week we will be highlighting an amazing Bike MS participant and their story. Please share your story by updating it on your Participant Page today.