Cyclists Take to the Streets to Find Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
8 Aug, 2011
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL – In an effort to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, the 26th Annual Bike MS: Tour de Beach cycling fundraising event is currently seeking volunteers to manage rest stops. Scheduled to take place on September 24 and 25 at new host site, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Orange Beach, proceeds from this two-day cycling fundraising event will benefit the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Volunteers are needed to host rest stops for more than 200 cyclists, which are stationed every 10 to 15 miles along a pre-determined route. The NMSS provides all supplies for each rest stop, however, volunteers are needed to organize supplies, prepare beverages, make sandwiches, and decorate.
More than 250 cyclists are expected to participate in Bike MS: Tour de Beach with a goal to raise $160,000. Funds raised will support direct services for the more than 6,500 people with MS and their families in Alabama and Mississippi as well as national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.
Volunteers are invited to a celebratory awards ceremony that will be held at the Hampton Inn at 7 p.m. on Saturday night following the ride. All food and beverages for the program have been donated from local, Gulf Coast businesses in an effort driven by EAT!, a local Orange Beach restaurant.
For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Whitney Taylor at 205-879-8546.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the U.S., someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. We fund cutting edge research, drive change through public advocacy, facilitate professional education, and provide programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The MS Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now.