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Help our riders beat MS one mile at a time…

September 30, 2009
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.  The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS  vary among individuals and are unpredictable.  Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people who are affected by the disease.
 
Living with the disease is difficult.  Many suffer with dibilitating numbness, painful sensations, slurred speech, and blurred or double vision. Some people experience muscle weakness, poor balance, poor coordination, muscle tightness or spasticity, tremors, or paralysis which may be temporary or permanent.
 
San Antonio’s Ride Like A Girl & Ridin’ With The Girls has a team raising money and riding this weekend to find a cure & an end to MS.  For most of our riders this will be the longest, most physically challenging ride they have ever done.  We have been training hard and working at raising donations.  Several of our riders have not made their minimum donations yet.
 
We want each of you to consider making a small donation on behalf of one of these courageous riders.  (Guy & Veronica have already raised their required donations, thanks to each of you that helped).  Please follow the link to the team donation page.  At the bottom of the page it lists each of our riders.  By clicking on their name, you will be taken to their personal page.  That will show you what their status is so far. 
 
Each rider is asked to raise at least $300.  The ride is this Saturday & Sunday.  When you click on a name & see that their status is below $300, you’ve found a rider that needs your help.  Every little bit helps.  Think about the importance of finding a cure for this disease.  Think about the months of training each of these riders have done to prepare for this challenging ride.  Please do what ever you can to help!!
 
The link for donations is here.
 
Here is a list of specific riders that need your help:
 
Patty Gamboa – Tamra Gomez – Jenny Greenlee – David Roger Lew – Lizette Lew – Michelle Mendoza – Emy Tomas
 
MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease. The body’s own defense system  attacks myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord (the central nervous system). The damaged myelin may form scar tissue (sclerosis).  Often the nerve fiber is also damaged. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain are distorted or interrupted. 
 
San Antonio’s Ride Like A Girl & Ridin’ With The Girls wants to see an end to MS for good!!! We’re helping the National MS Society move forward toward a world without MS.

Please join usin this fight! You’ll be glad you did!!!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. sonia permalink
    October 3, 2009 7:42 pm

    Congrats to all the cyclist!!! Proud of you Marty!! Great JOB !!!

  2. October 4, 2009 8:49 pm

    AGAIN I SALUTE TO ALL THE CYCLIST, MARSHALLS, VOLUNTEERS ETC. THAT SHOWED UP IN THE STARTING LINE DURING THE FIRST LEG OF THE MS; ALAMO RIDE TO THE RIVER EVEN ON A HEAVY DOWNPOUR,.,.,.

  3. Rosalinda permalink
    October 5, 2009 6:14 am

    CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!!!! You all did awesome. I am so proud, what an accomplishment.

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