Thousands of Cyclists Will Ride Toward a World Free of MS
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — On October 22-23 more than 2,000 cyclists will mount their bikes to support family members, friends or coworkers who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore 2016 an annual event hosted by the National MS Society. Among those 2,000 riders will be more than 15 participants who live—and ride—with the disease, despite challenges such as fatigue or weakness.
Lizzy Bobbitt will be one of those riders. Riding alongside of her team, Spin Lizzy, she will make the round-trip journey from Ponte Vedra to Daytona Beach and back. This year, she and her team are adding in a new challenge to their ride, the 100-mile century route on day one.
Lizzy was diagnosed with MS in 2007 and one year later her sister, Maggie Ireland, created the cycling team because she wanted to do something about MS. In 2009, Lizzy joined the team with her husband, Lewis, and has been riding in Bike MS ever since.
She says that by riding with MS and participating in the Society’s I Ride with MS program she is able to bring awareness to others that MS has affected. She said, “You know, when you finish the ride there are people living with MS handing out medals at the finish line, some of them are in wheelchairs, and by me riding alongside of them it shows that MS takes on different forms and that everyone is affected by it differently.”
Throughout the ride, Lizzy enjoys sharing conversations with other cyclists who are interested in learning more about her and MS. Lizzy smiled and said, “Another thing I like to do is say ‘thank you for riding’ to every rider that passes me while we’re on the route.” She said that she also enjoys meeting and sharing experiences with other I Ride with MS participants throughout the weekend.
When asked why she rides Lizzy remarked, “Well, first of all, because I can and also to ride for those who can’t. I am very fortunate that my MS has not progressed very fast.” She said that her motto is “One day I may not be able to do this, but today is not the day. And until then, I am going to continue riding to raise awareness for MS.
Cyclists of all abilities are able to choose from seven mileage options spanning one or two days. For more information or to register for the 30th anniversary celebration of Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore visit bikeMS.org or email FundraisingSupport@nmss.org.
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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 worldwide.
About the National MS Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
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 services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network, the Society devoted $122.2 million to help more than one million individuals connect to the people, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $54 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world.
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 nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867.