St. Louis, Mo. (December 2, 2014) – Rebecca Carroll is no stranger to assisting thousands of cyclists to have a safe and enjoyable ride. Carroll, a St Louis metropolitan area resident and member of the Saint Louis and Suburban Radio Club, has been involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gateway Area Bike MS ride for 15 years. The ride, commonly known as the Express Scripts Gateway Getaway, is moving to the Saint Louis area for the first time in several years.
Originally held in Columbia, the Bike MS Gateway Getaway will move to Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. Due to the move, the ride lost access to several safety radio systems, also known as APRS Trackers. “The APRS Trackers allow the amateur radio operators to track where support vehicles are during charity bike events so we can more efficiently and effectively respond to emergencies along the route,” Carroll said.
Carroll, who set up a GoFundMe page to virtually raise $6500, hopes to be able to purchase 30 APRS Trackers to support several local charity bike events. “It started with Bike MS several years ago and other charities realized our radio club could help them have a safer event. Now, in addition to Bike MS, we also support the ADA Tour de Cure, and Lupus Wolf Ride.
“Financial support for the radios would mean that we would have the ability to communicate quicker with medical and supply support trucks and, ultimately, learn how to utilize their services better ensuring safer events,” Carroll stated.
When asked why Carroll’s radio club supports these events, she said the answer was easy. “Amateur radio operators love to be helpful,” Carroll stated. “We prepare for an emergency; that’s what we like to do. The charity bike events allow us to practice for that—to brush up on our skills in a really fun environment.”
Carroll hopes to raise $6500 through her GoFundMe page to purchase 30 APRS Trackers. For more information, http://www.gofundme.com/gi3h6o
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 7,500 individuals in the Gateway Area Chapter and 2.3 million people worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2013 alone, the Society invested an estimated $48 million to support 380 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.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 www.nationalMSsociety.org or
1-800-344-4867. You may also contact your local Gateway Area Chapter at www.gatewayMSsociety.org or 314-781-9020.