Oct 02, 2012
Cranston resident in MS Great 8 – cycling through 8 states in 8 days;
National MS Society to host Oct. 9 departure from Warwick
WARWICK, R.I., Oct. 2, 2012 - Cranston resident Tim Burke will be part of the MS Great 8 next week, one of 20 cyclists biking through eight states in eight days to raise money for people with multiple sclerosis. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, they will depart from Warwick and the R.I. Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting a sendoff from the Hamptons Inn on Post Road.
We invite all supporters to come and cheer on Burke and his teammates at 7 a.m. An active cyclist, Burke has already participated in four major bike events this year including the 150-mile Bike MS: Ride the Rhode. He’s raised nearly $6,500 of his $10,000 goal for the MS Great 8, which plans to raise more than $200,000.
“I have friends who have been suffering from MS for years and I have always loved biking,” Burke said. “By participating in events like the MS Great 8 and Bike MS: Ride the Rhode, I can support the National MS Society to find a cure for MS while doing something I really enjoy.”
Locally, Burke belongs to the long-time Bike MS: Ride the Rhode team Nel’s Grey Goose, which has 34 members and raised nearly $32,000 this year alone for the Rhode Island Chapter of the National MS Society. Many of his Nel’s Grey Goose teammates will be there on Tuesday morning to cheer on the efforts of Burke and the MS Great 8 cyclists.
“We applaud Tim for his dedication and his tireless efforts to help Rhode Islanders with multiple sclerosis,” said Chapter President Kathy Mechnig. “He is an inspiration and we want to support him and his fellow cyclists.”
The MS Great 8 course starts on Oct. 7 with a coastal route through Maine and New Hampshire then cyclists will power through the hills of Massachusetts and Connecticut with a stop in Rhode Island. The final days will be spent in northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania before culminating on Oct. 14 in an exciting Times Square finale.
The MS Great 8 was the brainchild of Mike Zimits, who was diagnosed with MS 13 years ago, and Catherine Tsigakos, whose brother was diagnosed with MS 22 years ago. The goal of the MS Great 8 Foundation is to raise public awareness about MS, raise funds that go directly to various chapters of the National MS Society, and inspire those diagnosed with MS to take charge of their lives and not let MS control them. To learn more, visit http://www.msgreat8.org/MSGreat-8/Home.html.
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 body. 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society -- MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2009 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted over $132 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested nearly $36 million to support 375 research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
Rhode Island Chapter
205 Hallene Road, Suite 209
Warwick, RI 02886