Bike the US for MS Cyclists Make Capital Area Community Service StopOctober 28, 2019 1:25 pm
On their 3,070 mile cross-country journey, cyclists with Bike the US for MS made a pit stop in the Capital Area on Tuesday, October 15th to lend a helping hand to a NeuroMedical Center patient with multiple sclerosis (MS). The team who is raising funds and awareness for those living with MS, stopped for a full day of service in Bueche, Louisiana to assist 45-year-old Kevin Davis with several key household tasks that would be difficult for a person with neurologic disabilities to complete on his own.
Bike the US for MS is a non-profit organization based in Blacksburg, Virginia that organizes cross country bike trips that raise awareness for multiple sclerosis, as well as funds for research, treatment, and home modification projects. Before beginning their trek across the U.S., cyclists contacted The NeuroMedical Center to help identify a patient living with MS who could benefit from a few helping hands.
“I was floored when my MS physician, Dr. April Erwin, at The NeuroMedical Center contacted me about this opportunity from Bike the US for MS,” said Kevin Davis who has been living with MS for nearly 15 years. “Fighting this disease while taking care of my elderly mother doesn’t leave much time to get a whole lot else done. After being hospitalized again at the end of September, I need this help more than ever and I feel so very blessed!” Kevin was hospitalized on October 15th and was unable to be there in person while crews cleaned up around his home.
The Bike the US for MS stop at Kevin Davis’ home was one of several planned by the non-profit. Cyclists started their journey in San Diego, California on September 8th and will finish in St. Augustine, Florida on October 29th.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. Currently there is no cure for MS, but new treatments and advances in research are giving hope to those affected by the disease.
About Bike the US for MS
Bike the US for MS was founded in 2007 when its founder was inspired by the strength and courage of his mother who passed after her more than 30 year battle with MS. Since 2007, nearly 1,000 cyclists have peddled across the country with Bike the US for MS on four different routes, raising millions of dollars for the cause. Each cyclist raises $1 minimum for each mile they will be riding. The majority of these funds are donated to research facilities, treatment centers, and used to fund home modification projects such as building wheelchair accessible ramps and showers. Bike the US for MS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible. You may donate online at: http://www.biketheusforms.org
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