Monday, June 4, 2007

The Cause Is a Mystery. The Cure Is Unknown. This Is Why We Ride.

The Group Health MS Bike Tour is an event to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis and raise money to fund national research programs and local services for people with MS, their families, friends and care givers. Cyclists take on the extraordinary challenge to fight MS by riding 35, 50, 75 or 150-miles in two days. The event is fully supported with stocked rest stops every 10 miles, 6 full meals, overnight entertainment that includes a beer garden and a finish line BBQ!

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body and stops people from moving. We believe that moving is not just something you can or can’t do, but that moving forward is who we are. Just by being here, you are connected to the potential, the hope, the momentum of it all. With the help of people like you, the National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person whose life is affected by MS and helps them stay connected to the great big moving world.

The Pacific Northwest has a higher incidence of MS than almost any where else in the world. In fact, a child born in our community is twice as likely to be diagnosed with MS in his or her lifetime than any other child in America. No one knows exactly what causes MS, or why it’s so prevalent in our part of the world.

Situated in La Conner, WA are event festivities and the Rider Village. The route explores Skagit, Island and Whatcom counties.