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The Upstate New York Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Upstate New York and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


Hundreds of Cyclists Will Ride in Buffalo's Great Lake Escape Toward a World Free of MS on August 8

July 28, 2015

Buffalo, New York— More than 150 cyclists are expected to raise over $75,000 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS at Bike MS: Buffalo’s Great Lake Escape. The exciting cycling adventure will take place on August 8 at Evangola State Park. Routes range from 15 to 100 miles.

Route options include a family ride that is isolated on a paved, wide, multi-use path within the park that is free of vehicle traffic. Participants are encouraged to bring the whole family and enjoy a hot BBQ dinner from Chiavetta’s, cold beer, live music, chair massage, raffles, and beach games!

Bike MS, hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is the premier fundraising cycling series in the US for anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world free of multiple sclerosis. All participants are welcome to the pre-ride breakfast and have access to bike mechanics, support vehicles, nine rest stops, a finish line celebration and much more.

In Upstate New York, more than 12,800 people are living with MS, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The Upstate New York Chapter is hosting Bike MS events in two more locations this year: Bike MS: ROC the Ride in Rochester, NY on September 12, and Bike MS: Hudson River Ramble presented by the Center for Disability Services on September 19. Visit for more information.

WHAT: Bike MS: Buffalo's Great Lake Escape, presented by Bennett Rehabilitation Institute

WHEN: August 8, 2015

Event schedule:  7:00 a.m.—100 mile start

8:30 a.m.—70 mile start

9:30 a.m.—30 mile start

10:30 a.m.—15 mile start

Noon—Family/kids’ ride and activities begin

12 PM – 3:30 PM: Chiavetta’s BBQ dinner

WHERE: Evangola State Park, 10191 Old Lake Shore Road, Irving, NY 14081

PARTICIPATION/ VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION: Visit, call 1-800-344-4867 or email

WHY: Proceeds raised will support cutting-edge MS research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS.


For more information, contact Ashley Greenman, Senior Manager of Community Engagement, 585-271-0805 (x70322),

About the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Upstate New York Chapter is nationally recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive service programs for more than 12,800 people with MS and their families in 50 counties. We are dedicated to mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The chapter has offices in Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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 2.3 million people worldwide.


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