On April 12-13, 2014, my wife and I will be joining thousands of others cyclists of all ages on a trek from Houston TX to Austin TX.
The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising cycling ride organized by the National MS Society: Lone Star. This ride is the largest event of its kind in North America. In 2011, the event raised more than $16 million for MS.
The ride is a +/- 150 mile journey from Houston to Austin. The ride begins Saturday morning in the Houston area. Riders follow scenic roads into Bellville for lunch. Day One ends at the Fayette County Fairgrounds overnight stay in La Grange (they got a lot of nice girls there). The final leg of Day Two takes riders into Austin for exciting finish line festivities at the capital.
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease that affects people in many different ways. It is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. This means the immune system incorrectly attacks the person’s healthy tissue.
MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.
We’re asking for as many people as possible to donate to support our ride and the event. Both my wife and I have set our goals for $700 – a decent goal for a couple of first timers. We’ll maybe set our sights higher next year. So please donate if you can. Share this post with friends and family if you can as well. The Surly Biker in LEGO form will be accompanying me along the way, too! I will be bringing my camera to document our first long ride event – I might even be able to update from the road but we’ll see.
We ask if possible you please split your donation evenly between the two of us. For instance if you wanted to donate $20, do $10 to her and $10 to me. You don’t have to, it’d just make it easier for us to reach our goal together!
To make a donation to me, go HERE
To make a donation to my wife, go HERE
Click the donate link at the bottom right where the goal tracking thermometer is. Every little bit helps. There is plenty of time to donate before the ride so if you cannot right now, please come back in the next few months.
And from Annie and I, thank you!