Most people who know me know that I identify myself as a runner when it comes to exercise. But every spring I put in enough bicycle "seat time" training to participate in the 100-kilometer Ride the Vineyard bike ride to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year's ride is on Saturday, May 3, 2008.
I ride for my friend Paul, and for thousands like him who are fighting MS every day of their lives. Imagine unpredictably having blurred vision, or losing your sense of balance, your ability to use your hands to grip everyday objects, or your ability to walk. Or worse. Paul has taught me what true courage is, and how to face adversity head on and with high spirits and thankfulness for every day. He is my inspiration, and I think of him often during long runs and bike rides.
The funds I raise will be used by the National MS Society to support research as well as programs to help address the needs of people living with MS, which remains an incurable disease today. If you read my blog, would you please consider sponsoring me via a tax-deductible donation? My goal this year is to raise $1500, and you can help by donating via my pledge page. Any amount will help. Thanks!
|Paul and me at the Cape Code Canal, June 2004|