We’re getting down to the wire for BikeMS: City to Shore!
The big day is next Saturday, September 21st, and our intrepid team is vigorously training and fundraising their collective butts off.
And it’s not too late for you to help! Click here to donate today!
If you’re wondering why you should support the cause, if you need a little nudge, we’ve got ten reasons below.
10. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, sometimes disabling disease of the central nervous system. Disrupting the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body, the disease afflicts nearly 1,000,000 people in the US and over 2.3 million people worldwide.
9. BikeMS is the largest fundraising bike series in the world. Each year, nearly 75,000 cyclists and more than 6,000 teams ride together to change the world for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
8. BikeMS raises more money than any other cycling event for any other cause. To date, BikeMS cyclists, volunteers, and donors have raised more than $1.3 billion.
7. The money raised not only goes to Multiple Sclerosis research, the funds raised also go to support the National MS Society which, in addition to searching for a cure, offer assistance programs such as the MS Navigator Program: an 800 number staffed with highly-skilled, compassionate professionals dedicated to helping those afflicted with MS navigate the sometimes complicated and confusing challenges associated with the disease.
6. Multiple Sclerosis can manifest in numerous ways, sometimes mimicking symptoms of other diseases, making MS particularly difficult to diagnose. Numbness and weakness in the limbs, electric shock sensations, tremors, lack of coordination, vision problems, slurred speech, fatigue, and dizziness are common symptoms.
5. In many cases, Multiple Sclerosis is a relapsing-remitting disease, meaning that many people see periods of new symptoms over days and weeks that can ultimately disappear for up to years at a time. Some patients experience a gradual onset of symptoms with no relapses, called primary-progressive MS. In 60-70% of cases, relapsing-remitting MS will develop into secondary-progressive MS, where patients can see their initial symptoms worsen without periods of remission. This is what can make MS terrifying for those afflicted — years with no symptoms at all, but, when they hit, there’s no way to tell if those symptoms will go into remission or if they’re here to stay.
4. While the riders in BikeMS get a lot of the credit (and glory!), there are numerous ways to help BikeMS. Thousands of people across the country join the BikeMS volunteer team, helping to plan event details and providing safety and support for riders on the day. You can still sign up to volunteer here!
3. We’ve been brewing City to Shore in conjunction with the BikeMS: City to Shore ride since 2013. This year, we brewed it up a little early in anticipation of having it around by the day of the ride, but this is such a fan-favorite brew that we sold out of it in the Tasting Room well before race day. But all is not lost! You can still find it on shelves throughout the area. Check our Beer Finder to find a retailer near you!
2. Over the past six years, the CMBC BikeMS: City to Shore team has raised over $100,000 to stop Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks, restore what’s lost, and end MS forever.
1. BikeMS is more than a ride. It’s an extraordinary experience for an extraordinary cause.