Apr 29, 2013
Cyclists wanted for Bike MS: Ride the Rhode:
a summer weekend to help Rhode Islanders with MS
WARWICK, R.I., April 29, 2013 – The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is seeking cyclists for this summer’s Bike MS: Ride the Rhode. Last year, approximately 1,000 cyclists biked 150 miles over two days and raised a record-setting $840,000 to help Rhode Islanders with multiple sclerosis and raise funds for research to find a cure.
“We are looking for those dedicated individuals who are up for a physical challenge and also enjoy having a great time,” said Chapter President Kathy Mechnig.
A top-tier Northeast bike ride, Bike MS: Ride the Rhode will be June 22-23, 2013. Starting at Hasbro, Inc., in Pawtucket, R.I., the new route will take participants through beautiful and coastal back roads of southeastern Massachusetts to the overnight at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. The following day, cyclists will return to Rhode Island via a different route. Visit www.bikemsrhodeisland.org for details or to register.
Bike MS: Ride the Rhode sponsors include: Novartis; Teva; EMD Serono; Delta Dental; Dupuis Oil, Fidelity; and Genentech. It’s not too late to become a sponsor! Contact our office today at 401.738.8411.
Log onto www.nationalmssociety.org/rir to learn more about the Chapter and the National MS Society.
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 forward with their lives. In 2011 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing 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 many 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).
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 2.1 million people worldwide.