Ask Eve: How Much Saturated Fat Should an MS Diet Include?

As mentioned in the “Ask Eve” introduction last month, sadly there is no magic-bullet diet that will alleviate MS symptoms, so there is currently no such thing as an “MS Diet.” Because MS medicines and therapies are often ineffective and hard on the body, those of us living with MS naturally search for other areas, such as diet, that might bring us relief. But for decades, scientists have tried to identify a diet that would benefit people living with MS, with inconclusive results.

Does this mean that your diet doesn’t matter and you should eat whatever you want? Absolutely not. Individuals living with MS still need to follow the dietary recommendations that have been proven to benefit everyone. A key area to address is your saturated fat intake.

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Amy’s Superbad Team Week & Bike News – July 2016

Bike MS is just 3 weeks away and there’s a lot to catch you up on. Read on!

In this post:

  • Want to win a jersey? How about a bicycle? Bike MS July team week incentives!
  • How your friend can save $10 off registration
  • Your fundraising dollars at work > Nicole’s story
  • Get the inside scoop in the Bike MS Facebook group
  • Show your donors the impact of their generosity
  • Want to join a team? We can help.
  • Final training ride – Saturday, July 23
  • Doug the Pug’s fundraising snack – it’s tasty!
  • Wondering where to send a donation check?
  • Missing a donation? Need help registering a friend?
  • PS > Book your overnight Rider Village accommodations

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Riders: Beat the Registration Lines on Event Weekend


Two ways to pick up your Bike MS weekend packet and shirt early:

1) Join us for light snacks and ice-cold beverages at our premier bike shop sponsor, Western Bikeworks. While you’re there, take advantage of the exclusive Bike MS 15% discount on select merchandise. Wine, coffee and beer will be available for purchase at the WBW café.

Wednesday, July 27
5-7 PM

Western Bikeworks (Pearl)
1015 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Note: In order to pick up your packet early, you must reach your $250 fundraising minimum.

2) Pop by our office between Thursday, July 28 and Wednesday, August 3 from 10 am–4 pm.

National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave
Suite 290
Portland, OR 97239



To ride on Bike MS weekend, you must raise a minimum of $250. If you need any help in reaching your minimum, please email me or check out these sweet fundraising tips.

Just remember – the funds you (or your friends) raise help those who live with MS right here in Oregon and SW Washington, and fund research that will lead to a cure.

Thanks and pedal on,

Amy Harris
Bike MS Manager


Amy’s Bike MS Pedal News – July 10, 2016

In this post:

  • Vote for Bike MS Movie Night!
  • May and June Team Week winners
  • New Bike MS volunteer opportunities
  • Final training ride
  • Doug the Pug’s fundraising snack
  • New: Corvallis Happy Hour
  • Packet pickup party

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Doug the Pug’s Fundraising Snack of the Week (from Bob Harmon, Captain of Bike MS Utah’s #1 team)

RUFF! “Ask! It sounds so simple, but a lot of people hesitate to directly ask for a donation. They might feel it’s too personal, or fear it will hurt relationships. We all have reasons to be scared of asking… but they rarely reflect what actually happens when you ask.

It’s amazing when you start talking with someone about MS and then someone sends you a check for three grand. You never know who might want to give and is just waiting for you to say something. You just have to ask. You have to get it out there.”

Big thanks to Mr. Harmon for sharing that tasty snack.


P.S. I’m looking for new fundraising snack ideas. If you have one to share, please email me (I also accept gift cards so I can buy a new doggy sweater).

“Have Harness, Will Travel”: Meet Nicole Jakubek

By Helen Russon

When Nicole developed tingling and numbness in her hands and feet, she went to the doctor. It took ten years for them to determine that she had MS.

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Corvallis, Salem and Eugene Areas > Join Us for a Special Bike MS Happy Hour

Our Bike MS happy hour is a great opportunity to bring your team members together to catch up, get revved up about this year’s Bike MS weekend, and grab an ice-cold brew. Riders, volunteers, and all interested parties are welcome to attend.

Bike MS Happy Hour – Corvallis
Wednesday, July 13
5:30-7:00 pm

100 SW 2nd St
Corvallis, OR 97333

Your first drink is complimentary!
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Bike MS Willamette Valley: Event Weekend Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a BIG personality, love to smile, and enjoy helping people??!

Then mark your calendars for Bike MS Willamette Valley from Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon (just 30 minutes west of Salem).

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Bike MS Willamette Valley 2016 Training Rides!

Western Bikeworks (WBW) invites Bike MS riders to join them at their weekly training rides!

Shower’s Pass is giving away 15 pairs of Reflective Torch Socks to the first 15 Bike MS riders who RSVP and show up to ride. Sweet.
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Bike MS Rider Fundraising Story: Caroline B.

From time to time we like to feature outstanding stories of why people ride. This one’s from Caroline B—a passionate Bike MS Willamette Valley cyclist who rides on behalf of a lifelong friend.  Read more…