Pictured: Taylor Madden completes Bike MS 2014 with his family by his side
By Alison Jelden
Taylor Madden—a top Bike MS fundraiser for the past three years—lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife, Molly, and 3-year-old twin daughters, Greta and Eloise. Outside of work, the couple actively bike, hike and camp. We spoke with Taylor about his wife’s journey with MS and the lasting impression Bike MS has made on his family.
What’s your connection to MS?
My wife, Molly, was diagnosed in 2009. In 2014, following a few years where she couldn’t because of her MS symptoms, she rode at Bike MS. She had such a great experience that, after sharing the good news that she could ride, many donors jumped in with further donations. It was just amazing.
We know not everyone can ride. What other ways can people support Bike MS?
Volunteers always impress me with their dedication and commitment to the cause. They’re friendly, accommodating, and helpful. Plus, volunteering provides a great way to hang out in our own little community.
Why should cyclists participate in Bike MS?
Because the Society accommodates riders at different ability levels and various stages of MS.
Last year, seeing my wife who’s lived with MS for so many years ride next to me—that was just amazing. She finished strong and felt great about it. That meant the world to me, and I know it will mean a lot to other spouses, friends or family who know someone who lives with the disease, too.
Bike MS is fun with a purpose.
Join Taylor and the hundreds of others in our tight-knit community to crush multiple sclerosis.