Every year I try to think of something inspirational to say about why I ride for MS. As some of you may know, my mother has MS, and is benefitting from the therapy she has undergone over the years – therapy that’s possible in part because of the money we help raise.
Having Multiple Sclerosis means that you may suddenly have blurry vision, or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. Or that you may not always be able to walk, let alone ride a bike. The symptoms of MS are different, and devastating, for everyone – the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.
Why I Continue to Ride
This is my 14th year participating in the Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway, because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. I also look forward to riding with Team Steveworks, which consists of my crew and a few of our friends. This will also be the 13th year that my son, Ari, and I ride together. More drugs and therapies are coming into the mainstream of care and this is greatly helped by the availability of funding. This means more effective drugs coming into use quicker and hopefully they will be more affordable. It is so comforting to talk with folks who have MS and say that before the new drugs were developed they had little hope of living without the symptoms of MS. For this reason, I’m very glad to support MS and I hope you will as well.
About the Ride
Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway is a two-day, 150-mile ride that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. What makes this ride so special? Cape Cod Getaway is the largest MS ride in New England.
Beginning on Saturday morning, more than 2,000 riders will pedal from Quincy through the coastal towns of Massachusetts’ South Shore to the beginning of Cape Cod. The end of day one is at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne where the riders are welcomed with music, great food and maybe even a beer or two.
Early Sunday morning, the riders cross the Bourne bridge and ride through picturesque Cape Cod as they make their way to Provincetown. After crossing the finish line, riders have a chance to eat, socialize and clean up before boarding the party boat back to Boston.
Your tax-deductible contribution will help the National MS Society fund groundbreaking research and life-changing services for people living with MS. And ultimately, end MS forever.