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.


When my younger brother Matt was diagnosed with MS in 2006, it was hard for me to get my head around it. Matt and I are the youngest of seven siblings (5 boys and 2 girls), and at the time we were both in our early 30s. Being so close in age, Matt and I spent a lot of time together as we were growing up, sharing a love of Star Wars, Legos, and in later years, Stephen King novels.

After college, I moved away from Pittsburgh – where Matt and the rest of our family still live – so it’s been somewhat challenging to stay as connected to the family as I’d like to be. We try to get back to Pittsburgh when we can, and I keep in touch by phone and Facebook.


Matt doesn’t like people to make a big deal of things, and won’t really talk much about his diagnosis.

However, every April the family participates in Walk MS back in Pittsburgh. Their team name is “All In for a Cure,” reflecting the family’s love of poker. My wife Gaylyn and I have participated in Walk MS events around the country over the years, and last year decided to try the Bike MS event here in Oregon. In honor of Matt, we named our team “All In for a Cure – West Coast” and are working to raise funds to help support MS research.

Since I can’t be closer to Matt geographically to provide support, our participation in Bike MS is our little way of trying to support him from here. Our older son Nicholas is joining the team this year, and our younger son Stephen will join in as well when he is old enough to ride the distance.


So please, donate to team All In for a Cure – West Coast, and help us bet on a future without MS. People like my brother Matt deserve all the support we can give.


Team Captain, All In for Cure – Betting on a Future Without MS



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