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.
Wear Your Ribbon Proudly
If 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
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
Multiple 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.
The National MS Society
advocates for federal, state and local government
change essential to people living with MS.
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.
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