The Ride of a Lifetime
MS fundraiser kicks off from Houston
Every hour, an American is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. A chronic disease of the central nervous system, MS often strikes during the prime of life – ages 20-50. The disease affects the brain and spinal cord, and the symptoms come and go, leaving the patient to wonder what each day will bring.
The Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is determined to end the devastating effects of this disabling disease. The BP MS 150 is the premier fund-raising event in Texas for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
This year, the registration for the 2006 BP MS 150 race reached capacity in record time! A limit of 13,000 participants was established after considering the feedback of riders, volunteers, sponsors and organizers – so, the last rider applied in mid-January. Approximately 150 miles, the race begins here in Houston and finishes in Austin. There are eight breakpoints each day with food, drinks, portable restrooms, medical support, bike mechanical services and a place to rest. These respites occur approximately every 8-12 miles throughout the route, and many of them are sponsored by corporations and manned with exceptional volunteers.
The Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers those affected by MS information, referrals, equipment loans, emergency financial assistance and an array of other services. With all of their funds privately raised, for every dollar raised, 83 cents is used to provide services to those affected by MS.