Aug 02, 2013
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Susan Ashline|
|August 1, 2013||OFFICE: 585-271-0805 (x70344)|
Cycling Tour Bring Riders from Around the Nation to Local MS Patients
Rochester, NY – The MS Great 8, a group of cyclists riding counter clockwise around Lake Ontario for seven days to raise money for, and awareness of, multiple sclerosis will make a stop in Gates on Monday, August 5, from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the MS Achievement Center at Unity on 2300 Buffalo Road. The cyclists will be touring the MS support facility – an adult day program that was the second of its kind in the nation, offering a unique blend of medical care and social interaction.
The 11 cyclists that make up the MS Great 8 are embarking on their most aggressive and inspiring tour yet – Tour du Lac – on Sunday, August 4, from Niagara Falls. Funds raised from the ride directly support the chapters of the National MS Society where the riders live. If the crew reaches this year’s fundraising goal of $200,000, it will push their overall fundraising total to the $1 million milestone.
The tour wraps up on Saturday, August 10, at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, as MS Great 8 riders cross the finish line at 2 p.m. along with cyclists in our day-long Bike MS Southtowns Shuffle ride taking place at the same venue. The National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter’s Bike MS series raises funds to support more than 12,800 people living with MS in Upstate New York and research to find a cure for this often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
Along the Tour du Lac route, MS Great 8 riders will make stops at several MS support facilities and meet members of the MS community.
The MS Great 8 Foundation is captained by two cyclists from New York, Mike Zimits and Catherine Tsigakos, with a goal of inspiring those diagnosed with MS to take charge of their lives and not let MS control them.
*Media is invited to interview MS Great 8 cyclists, National MS Society staff and MS Achievement Center staff and clients at the center on Monday, August 5, from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. at any time during their tour of the facility. Cyclists will be at the facility starting at 8:30 a.m. Staff may not be available to interview until 8:45 a.m. Cyclists will depart promptly at 10 a.m.
What: Great 8 cyclists tour MS Achievement Center at Unity
Where: MS Achievement Center, 2300 Buffalo Road, Bldg. 600 B, Rochester 14624
When: Monday, August 5, 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Why: Kick-off breakfast for cyclists and support team who are part of Tour du Lac
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Upstate New York Chapter Communications Manager, 585-271-0805 (x70344), Susan.Ashline@nmss.org, or MS Great 8 co-founders (msgreat8.org), Mike Zimits, 516-582-3689, and Catherine Tsigakos, 917-834-1245.
About the MS Achievement Center: It offers skilled nursing supervision, recreational activities and therapy for people with MS and other neurological disorders, as well as maintenance and restorative physical, occupational and speech therapy, a full range of on-site nursing services, social work and case management services, personal care assistance, recreational activities, a daily exercise program and nutritious meals that meet medical and dietary needs.
About Bike MS: Bike MS is the premier fundraising cycling series in the nation, with a choice of more than 100 extraordinary rides – three of them in Upstate New York. Bike MS Finger Lakes Challenge was in Keuka Park in July, Bike MS Southtowns Shuffle is in Orchard Park on August 10 and offers route options of 15, 30, 62 and 100 miles, and Bike MS Hudson River Ramble is in Schodack on September 21, offering route options of 10, 30, 62 and100 miles.
About the MS Great 8: In 2010, the MS Great 8 Foundation ran its first cycling tour – eight states over eight days, from Washington, D.C., to Rockland, MA, raising awareness of MS and $116,000 for the National MS Society. In 2012, the Foundation completed its third eight-state tour – Portland, Maine, to NYC. The MS Great 8 cycling team has raised approximately $800,000 for the Society. MSGreat8.org.
About MS and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter: Multiple sclerosis, an 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. 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. The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide and more than 12,800 people in the 50-county region served by the Upstate New York Chapter. MSupstateny.org.