The wet shoe…

Joe wanted to write a blog post for our website, so without further ado, here it is!

My favorite part about camping with my grandfather was when we went to the Mather lodge and ate breakfast. But mostly I loved when my shoe got wet.

Joe

Just about the spot where the shoe got wet.  We didn’t actually go in there.  But we thought about it!

 

The fight against Multiple Sclerosis. I need your help…

No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up EACH day and be THANKFUL for it.  Someone, somewhere else, is fighting just to SURVIVE…”

When I was a kid, I used to sell books door-to-door to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research because one of my mother’s best friends, Sharon, had MS.  Sharon has struggled with MS for many decades; every day is filled with pain, limited mobility, and uncertainty for her and her family.  There are hundreds of thousands of Americans just like her.

In 10 days, I’m heading to Texas to volunteer in the 30th Annual BP MS 150 fundraiser.  The MS 150 is the largest Multiple Sclerosis (MS) fundraising event in the world and in 2013, more than 13,000 cyclists (many of whom have MS) and 3,000 volunteers participated in the 180 mile bike ride from Houston to Austin.  They raised more than $18,000,000 for MS research, program support, and individual assistance.

Seeing 16,000 people join together and push the limits of human endurance for a single cause is such an inspiring sight that words cannot do it justice.

For the second year in a row, I’m volunteering as a part of the “Special Assistance Group”.   SAG volunteers operate support trucks, vans, and buses to transport cyclists and their bikes when they are unable to ride due to injury or fatigue – a 180 mile bike ride is no walk in the park.  As one SAG leader put it, we are the Marines of the MS 150; the first in and the last out.  SAGs don’t stop until the very last rider has crossed the finish line.  Then and only then do we get to cross the finish line.

SAG

No rider will be left behind as long as there is a SAG team member alive to support them…

When I joined my dad as a SAG driver for the first time in 2013, it was to fulfill a personal challenge and spend time with him.  Turns out, it was one of the most rewarding (albeit exhausting!) 72 hours of my life.  By volunteering, I helped the National MS Society further their own cause to help thousands of individuals who have MS.

Many SAG veterans have been volunteering for decades.  This year I’m heading back to do it again in SAG Box Truck #7.  It’s an honor to be part of this team.  One day, I want to get Joe involved when he is old enough to volunteer.

I believe in this cause, want to be an active part of it, and I want to ask for your help in fighting MS.

Like other diseases, it costs a lot of money to fight MS.  Even few dollars will go a long way towards helping someone with MS.  For every dollar donated, 78 cents goes directly to programs, services and research to benefit people with MS.

It also costs money for my SAG team to be there supporting the riders during the MS 150.  Think about it, the cost of trucks, vans, fuel, buses, lodging, food, radios, manuals, and the list goes on.  And a lot of us SAG Volunteers pay to play.  I’m personally spending hundreds of dollars in airfare and lodging, taking vacation time from work, and spending time away from my family to do this.

Riders in the MS 150 are asked to raise at least $400 to participate in the event.  On average, they raise $1,250. While volunteers aren’t required to raise money, I want to double what the average rider raises – and do it in 10 days.  Can it be done?  Can a SAG volunteer actually raise $2,500?  Only with your help.

Please join me in the fight against MS by donating today

Remember that quote at the top of this post? It came from one of the 2013 SAG support vans.

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“No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be THANKFUL FOR it.  Someone, somewhere else, is fighting just to SURVIVE…”

Imagine someone who has just pedaled her 125th mile after sleeping the night in a tent in the middle of Texas. Those words help her pedal to the 126th, and ultimately to the 180th mile.  The SAG Team helps get them there, sometimes with a hand up, sometimes with a hug, and always with a smile.  Your donation helps the National MS Society defray the costs of my participation, meaning more money can be put to good use fighting and one day curing Multiple Sclerosis.

Think about that for a minute as you consider donating.   Even if it’s $1.00.  Every dollar you send helps someone who is fighting just to survive.  Like my mom’s friend Sharon.  Sharon is real, and there are lots of folks like her that need our help.  Here’s another quote for you, a favorite of my grandfather’s, who stole it from his close friend and Rabbi, Micah Greenstein:

“If you look out your window and don’t see someone in need, you aren’t looking hard enough….”

Help me reach my goal.  Sponsor me and SAG Box Truck #7 for the biggest bike ride of its kind in North America.  I want to see your name in my fundraising honor roll.  Or, you can donate anonymously.

Look, I know you are busy.  I only ask for another two minutes of your time.

Won’t  you join in this fight by donating RIGHT NOW?

Thank you for reading and for your help fighting MS.

See you on the trail…

Brian

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Me at the 2013 BP MS 150.  This bike’s owner had to go to the hospital because of a wreck.  We carried his bike across the finish line in a SAG truck.  No rider – or bike – left behind…


 

My personal MS 150 page can be found at: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/TXHBikeEvents?px=13000014&pg=personal&fr_id=22598

Pictures of my 2013 MS 150 experience can be found at: https://picasaweb.google.com/101319989760585316755/2013MS150?authuser=0&feat=directlink

More on the MS 150 can be found at:  www.ms150.org


All donations go directly to the National MS Society and are tax deductible and a receipt for your records will be sent after you make your donation.

 

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