PRATT, Kansas — It’s the most important fund raiser of the year for research into multiple sclerosis with more than two hundred cyclists riding thousands of miles to help people who’s mobility has been taken away by the debilitating disease.
Bike MS is scheduled for September 7 and 8 in Pratt with a ride through scenic roads and highways.
8000 people in Kansas suffer from MS. Linda Hoepner is one of them after she was diagnosed with the disease five years ago.
“I could walk 3 miles easy and then it got so I could walk 2 miles and then 1 mile and then I couldn’t even walk to the school which is one block away,” said Linda.
Her husband Gary plans to ride 70 miles over the two-day ride in spite of nearing 65 years old.
“I’m doing it for her,” said Gary. “She struggles everyday just to walk. The least I can do is get out there and ride a bike and hopefully try to cure the disease in the future.”
The Pratt ride is expected to raise $125,000 for MS research with similar rides around the nation expected to bring in millions of dollars more.
Treatments and medications have come a long way in the last decade. Thanks mostly to the money raised for research.
“We’ve learned more about MS because of the research we’ve been able to fund in the last ten years than in the entire history of the disease,” said Jason Dilts, development manager for the National MS Society Mid America Chapter in Wichita.
To learn more about how to donate or take part, you can call 1-800-344-4867 or check out their website at msmidamerica.org.
The organization is also selling special MS bow ties with all the proceeds going towards funding research.
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