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Can we build a beautiful ramp together?

I sat in front of our new house and cried. Our front steps were ordinary but, at that moment, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to climb them anymore. A few weeks earlier, I had been diagnosed with MS.

I was 32, newly married, getting my MBA, recently promoted and trying to start a family. This wasn’t in my plans. As an avid runner, I couldn’t imagine life without lacing up my shoes and flying across Portland four to ten miles at a time.

Just as I was contemplating all of this potential loss my husband, Rob, said something that gave me strength and hope.

“Lisa…don’t worry,” he looked at me with his big, gentle smile. “Remember, I’m an architect. If we need to, I’ll build a ramp. You’ll have the most beautiful ramp there ever was. We’ve got this, I promise.”

I realized I had to make a choice to move forward and not let MS set me back. And so I did. WE did. Despite losing feeling on my left side for the better part of that year, I continued to lace up my shoes, and run, and climb those steps one at a time.

For the past seven years, I’ve worked at the National MS Society. I know it’s my calling. Strange as it may sound, MS has to be the gift I’ve been given. I don’t take it for granted. I also know that I’m simply very lucky. I can still walk. Still run. Still hold my kids up high. I know that’s not the story for so many.

Whatever I can do to be a bridge of hope—or someone’s beautiful ramp as we work tirelessly for a cure—I will do it. I will do whatever it takes to stop MS.

Please help me and the Society continue our work by making a contribution to Bike MS and be someone’s ramp to hope and a cure. The deadline to give is this Friday, September 30th.

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Thank you for your consideration and support!

With gratitude,


PS. See photos of this year’s I Ride with MS Victory Lap. For some, it was the first time some folks had done a solo ride in decades.

Lisa Roth
National MS Society, Oregon & SW Washington


Final Fundraising Week for Bike MS 2016: Deadline 9/30/16

We’re just 5 ½ days away from closing out Bike MS season. Will you help us blast across the finish to raise $826K and crush MS?

I believe we can do this together!


  • Important final fundraising week details
  • How to submit donation cash/checks
  • How to manage unconfirmed gifts
  • How to manage matching gifts and learn if your company offers them
  • How to manage credit card or self-donations
  • How close are you to the next highest fundraiser?
  • Are you moving torwards Fundraising Club status?
  • Have you shared your Bike MS event photos?

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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.”

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


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.

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


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.



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.





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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