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Why We Ride

"Thank you so much for your help getting funding towards my vehicle hand controls. I love my new found freedom, I forgot how it felt to go places by myself. I feel totally safe now. I appreciate all of your help!"– Lori Blemings, Woodbury New Jersey

Everyone has a different reason for getting involved in Bike MS. For some it’s the challenge. For others it’s the camaraderie. But for many more it’s the opportunity to help people living with MS. Ultimately by riding, you are showing your support for the thousands of people affected by MS, including the 2015 Bike MS Champions (read their stories below). Click on the tabs below to learn more about how your fundraising dollars make an impact and share why you ride.

Even if you may not have a personal connection to MS currently, you are riding for someone by participating in Bike MS. Meet our Champions below and read how your fundraising dollars are making a difference in the lives of people living with MS in our area.

  2015 MS Champions


      Khalidah “Peanut” Harris

              

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     Read Peanut's Story

Elaine Balinski


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Read Elaine's Story


William Glaser

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Read William's Story



Julie DiBenedetto

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 Read Julie's Story

 

Vickie George

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Read Vickie's Story

 


> 2014 Bike MS Champion Story Archive

> 2013 Bike MS Champion Story Archive

> 2012 Bike MS Champion Story Archive

 

Wear Your Ribbon Proudly

Champions RibbonIf you are riding for someone in particular, have them sign their name on the orange ribbon you’ll receive in your City to Shore or Bike to the Bay rider number packet.

In addition to promoting awareness, the orange ribbon serves as a reminder of why we ride. You can pin it to your jersey or your rider number, or attach it to your bike; either way you are showing your support. Proudly wear this ribbon ride weekend and show your support in creating a world free of MS.

Learn why other City to Shore teams and individuals are riding, including this video of 2012-2014 City to Shore top fundraiser Albert DeRitis:

I Ride with MS

If you are an individual living with MS and participating in Bike MS 2015, you have the opportunity to participate in this program and receive a complimentary “I Ride with MS” jersey*. Genzyme and MS One to One, and Primal Wear are proud supporters of the I Ride with MS program, available through all 100 Bike MS events nationwide. For more information or to register for the program, visit the City to Shore or Bike to the Bay I Ride with MS page under the ‘Experience Bike MS’ header.

Riding to Change Lives

where your money goesMultiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

Where Your Money Goes

The National MS Society is making a difference in the lives of those affected by MS and contributes to the significant advances that are being made in both understanding and treating the disease. Due to our lower than average administrative costs, funds raised through Bike to the Bay and City to Shore directly impact those in the local community affected by MS. Because of dedicated volunteer support, it costs the Society less than 17 cents to raise a dollar – an expense well below the average for non-profit organizations. Your tremendous fundraising efforts allow the society to help people with MS live their best possible lives.

Activism

The National MS Society advocates for federal, state and local government change essential to people living with MS.

Research

Funds raised through Bike MS are helping researchers around the world to determine the cause of MS, develop treatments and ways to prevent MS, restore damage that has been done as a result of the disease, and to eventually find a cure.

Support Programs

Living with MS impacts everyone in the family. The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter offers a full slate of programs aimed at educating people about how to overcome the disease’s physical, social and financial effects, whether you are a person living with MS or a caregiver.

Direct Financial Assistance

Our chapter is committed to helping people with MS maintain independence through emergency financial assistance, medical equipment and home modifications, respite care, and transportation for medical appointments

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