Name: Sy Levine
When I Joined the Movement: Ten or 11 years ago, I started out riding a bike as a means of exercise as I got older. Then I found out my employer was a sponsor of our local Bike MS ride.
Occupation: Chemist in the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries.
Hobbies: Reading, movies, my family.
What movement means to me: Raising funds and spending them judiciously. I truly believe MS is a disease that, if not in my lifetime, certainly in my children’s, can become a memory rather than a fact.
One thing I’ve learned about MS that I want to tell you: I didn’t realize the numbers of people involved, and the fact that its severity varies. Some of the statistics about age, gender and numbers were surprising to me.
What I’ve done to Join the Movement: Biking has been my major connection. I started out modestly, but now I’m one of the top fundraisers in the nation. Other than that, I feel like I’m an advocate. I wear my MS t-shirt down at the shore so people can ask me about it, and maybe I also hit them up for a contribution.
What I want for my birthday this year: Same as every year—a pledge to the National MS Society.
What I’m doing: Anything I can do. I can do book signings, but I haven’t written a book. I can sign someone else’s book!