Cyclists Take to the Baldwin County Streets to Find Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
One month from today, cyclists will take to the streets of Baldwin County to raise needed funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis as a part of the 26th Annual Bike MS: Tour de Beach cycling event, which is set for September 24 and 25.
GULF SHORES and ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – One month from today, cyclists will take to the streets of Baldwin County to raise needed funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis as a part of the 26th Annual Bike MS: Tour de Beach cycling event, which is set for September 24 and 25. Hosted by the Hampton Inn & Suites in Orange Beach and the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, proceeds from this two-day cycling fundraising event will benefit the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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.
“Most people have heard of this disease but do not realize that every hour in the U.S. another person is newly diagnosed with MS,” said Whitney Taylor of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving but our organization exists to make sure it doesn’t, which is why fundraising events such as this Tour de Beach cycling event are so vital.”
Cyclists will depart from the Hampton Inn & Suites at 7:30 a.m. on both days with a selection of 25, 45, and 75 mile options. Routes take cyclists through the local state park, intoPensacola, and even communities dotting theMobileBay.
A celebratory awards ceremony 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 localOrangeBeachrestaurant.
For additional information or register as a participant or event volunteer, visit www.bikeMSalabama.org or contact Whitney Taylor at 205-879-8546.
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Contact: Whitney Taylor
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in theU.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 theU.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.