Snowmobile Ride Benefiting Multiple Sclerosis Nearing Its Fundraising Goal
March 17, 2015
(LAC DU FLAMBEAU, WISCONSIN) – More than 120 snowmobilers who came together in January for the 2015 MS Snowmobile Tour are closing in on their $293,000 fundraising goal for those affected by multiple sclerosis – but donations are still needed. The dollars raised fund MS-related research, programs and services. Donations can be made online at MSsnowmobiletour.org (click on “donate”) or by calling 262-369-4400.
More than 11,000 children, women and men in Wisconsin are known to have been diagnosed with MS, which is believed to be one of the higher prevalence rates in the nation. In total, MS Snowmobile Tour participants have raised more than $7 million during the event’s history. Those dollars have helped fund advances in research that have led to the 15 treatments currently available for the most common forms of MS. When the Tour began, there were none.
The 32nd annual tour, held January 22-24, was based out of Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau, Wis. In addition to covering up to 200 miles of guided riding through Vilas County during the weekend, participants enjoyed meals along the trails, evening entertainment, a silent auction and a raffle drawing to win a 2015 Polaris Indy 600 with a red, white and blue “freedom” wrap; a Triton Trailer; and cash prizes. Next year’s tour will be held January 28-30 at the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel in Carter, Wis.
Also at the event, Hanna Meronk of Stevens Point, Wis., and John Downs of Rockford, Ill., were presented with the Fox Award and the Garland Award, respectively, in honor of their dedication and commitment to the Tour.
Rockford Silk Screen Process and the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs were sponsors of the 2015 MS Snowmobile Tour.
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.