On September 14 2019, after several years of successfully battling the non-MS related issues in my life and now moving forward on the road to normalcy, I’m finally healthy enough and strong enough to get back on the bike and return to the MS community. Although five of these last six years have occupied my time with brain surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and a stroke, (quite a nice break from the boredom of “just having MS!!), I never lost sight of the incredible folks working so hard to support our MS Community and all of their efforts.
So, as I throw my leg over my trusty two wheeled friend this year, I’m honored to put my efforts behind the design, production and participation of this year’s Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s cycling events: The Ride to Montauk & the Lifeline Century
With more than one person an hour in America being diagnosed with MS today, it’s clear that the research and efforts to find a cure are necessary more now than ever before. However, while the community continues to fund these vital efforts, we cannot forget about the 700 people a month who’s lives will change forever when they hear, “You have Multiple Sclerosis”. Living with MS changes how we live, how we eat, how we move, and how we think. Multiple Sclerosis has an effect our families, our friends, & our work colleagues. The MSAA is there to help all of us living with MS as we face the new and continually evolving challenges in our lives. Whether a newly diagnosed patient or someone already living with Multiple Sclerosis for 21 years (like myself), The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is always there to “fill the gaps” in our constantly changing lives.
This year, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is proud to offer two 100-mile-plus cycling fundraisers in both New York and Maryland. So, please support me as I begin my journey to leave those five years of turmoil behind me and make my way back to a normal life of “just having MS” …;-)
This return to normalcy begins with me traversing Suffolk County, West to East - Babylon to Montauk, peddling my bike 115 miles in the name of the MSAA. Three weeks later, I will continue my efforts with yet another 100+ miles cycling through Annapolis and Arundel county in Maryland all the while raising money to help people living with Multiple Sclerosis with their everyday needs due to the impact of their disease.
On behalf of the nearly 3 million people already living with MS … and the additional 2,100 unknown individuals who will be told between the writing of this letter and the day we finish in Maryland that they too now “have Multiple Sclerosis”, I sincerely offer my deepest appreciation and thanks.