Why We Ride
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Why do you ride?
Do you have MS? Does your spouse have MS? Do you just like to ride your bike? Whatever your connection to Bike MS, we want to know. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the chapter's Virtual Wall of Hope.
The Wall of Hope is a source of support, encouragement and hope to people living with MS and their loved ones. We encourage everyone to help fill the Wall of Hope. To share your message of hope, please email us.
As the Wall fills up, it will remind us all why we are riding and send a loving message to those who need our support the most.
THIS IS WHY WE RIDE:
I am riding because over thirteen years ago, my nephew was diagnosed with MS at age 21. His symptoms came on suddenly and were frightening. After thirteen years of managing the disease, his wife has just recently been diagnosed with MS. They have a young family and this of course is devastating to us. We love them both very much and would love to see a cure in our lifetime.
I ride for those who can't.
This year, I am riding again for my friend, Denise Neal. Denise was one year ahead of me in our high school at Bryan Adams in Dallas, TX. I got reacquainted with her during a recent visit back to Dallas. It was then that I learned of her struggles with Multiple Sclerosis.
Denise started to play the violin when she was only seven years old. She continued her studies throughout high school and college. In 1970, Denise, along with the rest of the Bryan Adams Orchestra, were selected the National Honors Orchestra. With this honor, they were invited to play at the Music Educators National Convention in Chicago.
After college, Denise continued to pursue her love of music and the violin. She played with many symphony orchestras, from Bogotá, Colombia to Dallas, TX to Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also continued her studies, completing her Doctor of Musical Arts (a performance degree) while teaching at the same university.
In 1995, Denise was diagnosed with Multiple Sclorosis. She lost her ability to play the violin one year later. Shortly after that, she required full time care and moved into a nursing home. From that day, she has been totally dependent on others to help her with the tasks of daily life. Today, she only has control of her right hand. However, this has not stopped her from being active and involved. With the aid of her computer and her friends, she has many achievements that many able bodied people cannot match.
When I met with her, she had just attended a reunion (41 years) of the Bryan Adams Orchestra. Here is the impressive part: she organized the reunion (with a little help from her friends). While laying in her bed, computer mouse in hand, she worked tirelessly to reunite her peers. She networked, made phone calls, sent off emails, and managed a FaceBook group (which is still very active today). She did all of this while confined to her bed with just the use of her right hand.
After all that she has been through, Denise is still upbeat and hopeful. For this reason (now, more than ever), I want to raise money to help the MS Society beat this terrible disease.
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