Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014
This coming May my sister and I will join our friends for the annual Citrus Ride and join the fight against MS. Why not join us or support those who ride to beat this terrible disease?
￼ Many people around the nation are aware of the National MS Society’s efforts to beat MS. First recognized as a separate disease in 1868 and still there is no cure. MS is the most common auto-immune disease affecting millions world-wide.
Across the Nation the MS Society organizes bicycle rides to raise money for research and the development of a cure. I have the real privilege of riding for Team Grupetto in the Florida Citrus Ride this coming May– typically the largest fund-raising team in the event.
Let’s take a look at what is going on here. The Citrus Ride is a lot of fun for starters. Chose your distance 50,75, or 100 miles on day one and save a little for the second day ride of 50 or 75 miles. Yes you can race your brains out if you wish or you can go at a more leisurely pace. There are plenty of well-organized rest stops along they way and if your bike breaks down or you wear out they have roving vehicles to pick you up.
￼ But here is the good part – you are riding in the Florida sunshine in May through flat or rolling terrain. Florida is a pancake of a state so fear no mountains and if you wish – put in a personal best century time on our roads. Citrus groves, livestock farms, live oaks well over 100 years old will greet you along the way.
The Day One finish finds you at Disney World and a well-earned dinner together, some awards and a lot of fun. Day Two is the same route back – abbreviated if you are a century rider – and a lot quieter. The combination of the day one work out and the party takes a little starch out of the second day.
Let’s not forget why we are doing this. The day before my first ride a few years ago my phone rang. A complete stranger called me to thank me for riding and although he had MS and was unable to ride or walk he would be there to cheer on the riders and thank them for their help. If that doesn’t stir your soul I do not know what will.
About $100,000 will fund a research project – about what my team raises. The overall event will raise over a $1,000,000 and make a huge difference in the fight. Researchers are making real progress battling the disease and I say we should keep helping them. A good investment in the betterment of fellow humans – good stuff.
I would like to mention the thoughts of a speaker I heard one Saturday night at the Day One dinner. A world-class cyclist in her own right with ridiculous gifts for riding and competing. Then one day she started riding more slowly, her times were off, she was tired and something was wrong. She was diagnosed with MS. Did she throw in the towel? Nope. She slid further and further down always fighting it and over time leveled out and could start to walk again and tire less easily. Was that enough for her? Nope. One day she took out her bike and gave it a try. A rough, rough outing that was. Over time she performed better. One day she strapped on her helmet and entered an event. She finished. With MS. With everything against her. My kind of person. She is one big reason I ride. These folks inspire me.
If you would like to support my ride please go to
I know, I know it is a long link but it will take you right to my donor page for the MS ride. Contribute to my ride, or someone else’s ride, or ride yourself or just donate to the MS Society. Any amount is a good amount. All amounts help!
I think this is good money after a good cause. Thanks for reading along.
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