Stomp MS Party, Show & Story Workshop on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 for Walk MS Oregon

We’re doing something new and super fun to kickoff Walk MS season: a one-night only party featuring auGi’s new Stomp MS Show & Storytelling Workshop.

Bring along your teammates and friends for complimentary eats, drinks and a raucous good time. You’ll hear stories of other MS Heroes and learn how to tell your own.

Admission is free. Ages 12 and up.
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Bike MS Pedal News 09-15-16: We Are Family

Remember the Saturday Night Spectacular Show when auGi, our emcee, said “Raise your hand if you’re fond of saying, “I may have MS, but MS doesn’t have me”?

Seeing all of those hands go up up in the audience gave me chills. It was so powerful, because I can only begin to imagine the amount of courage it takes to show the world you’re bigger than a disease.

To echo that moment, I was really taken by the story of Joseph and his family, who formed a team to celebrate his brother, Matt. As you’ll learn, Matt clearly lives by the phrase, “MS doesn’t have me.”

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Bike MS Fundraising Story/Letter: We Are Family

Someone once said, “When one person in your family lives with MS, your whole family does.” That means we support each other through both thick and thin—like Joseph and his family do for his brother, Matt.

Here’s his Bike MS fundraising letter/story. Feel free to use it as a template to guide your own.

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Bike MS Pedal News 09-08-16: “It Felt Like Such Unity and Such a Force”

We all ride for different reasons, but we share a common goal: a burning desire to #endMSforever.

In her inaugural year at Bike MS, Clarisa was not only motivated to raise funds to help find a cure for herself—but to ensure a safe, MS-free future for her kids. I know that’s a mission we can all get behind and hope you’ll read and share her wonderful story.

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Doug the Pug’s Fundraising Snacks: Have You Tried Fundraising with the Free Facebook App?

Ruff! This cool app installs in just a few seconds on your Facebook page. It empowers your entire Facebook network to donate directly to you. Fundraising has never been quicker or easier.

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Download the Fundraising with Facebook app.

Sincerely,

Doug

PS. Bonus tip: After someone has made a donation, thank and tag them on Facebook. It’s such an easy way to make them feel good about supporting our cause. I may also wag my tail. Ruff!

Bike MS Rider Stories: “IT FELT LIKE SUCH UNITY AND SUCH A FORCE” > Meet Clarisa Walcott

by Helen Russon

What would you do if your toes went numb, the numbness spread to your waist, and your vision “was like trying to look through silty water”?

Those were some of Clarisa’s first MS symptoms.
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Doug the Pug’s Fundraising Snack: Turn Your Facebook Cover Image into Your Bike MS Story

Ruff! Share a photo from this year’s Bike MS ride. If you didn’t have the chance to take a selfie, check out our Flickr albums – there’s a good chance we did! Then, tell people why you care about ending MS forever. The more personal you make it, the more impact it will have.

Example: I’m riding for my Mom who lives with MS. The disease may have taken away her ability to move, but it hasn’t changed how much she cares about our family. Join me in supporting my Mom through Bike MS. Make a donation of $35. It only takes a minute.

[INCLUDE YOUR BIKE MS DONATION PAGE URL]

Sincerely,

Doug

Bike MS Pedal News 09-01-16: Superman is Here

This week, I’m thrilled to share the story of Christina, who rides on behalf of her uncle David. MS may have impacted his speech and movement, but it hasn’t taken away his sense of humor (made even more apparent by Christina’s Bike MS team name).

All this and more in this week’s Pedal News.
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Bike MS Rider Stories: Uncle David is Still Superman

Imagine a man—tall, fit, just out of the Navy, broad-chested and clowning. He’s wearing a tight Superman t-shirt and he smiles at you from the TV screen of your old home movies.

This is how I like to remember my Uncle David. Each summer, on our family vacations to Charleston, he would take my sisters and I out on the river in an old fiberglass canoe. Always the jokester, David would laugh and pretend the boat was tipping, “Don’t fall in! Don’t fall in! The alligators will get you!” as the canoe rocked side-to-side, we would squeal in delight with each jostle and tilt.
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Bike MS Pedal News 08-25-16: Remember “The Peanut Butter Factor”?

As we cruise along this winding road towards a cure, I continue to be amazed at what inspires people to join Bike MS.

This week, I’m happy to share the story of Chris Pero. If you watched our Saturday Night Spectacular Show at Bike MS, you’ll remember Chris’s comment about “The Peanut Butter Factor” (and if not, read on!).

These are the kinds of stories that reinforce why I work for the Society, and further inspire me to coach people how to fundraise so we can crush MS forever.

All this and more in this week’s Pedal News:

  • Chris’s story: Speed Bumps
  • Fundraising Tip: Matching gifts
  • Fundraising rankings

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