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.
Giving donor prospects your “I ride because” story makes a world of difference in your fundraising efforts.
To help share your story, every Bike MS rider gets their very own personal donation page after registering. This post provides 3 storytelling tips that will help shape your own Bike MS personal page, and includes real-world examples from other Bike MS participants. Read more…
To suddenly become blind in one eye would be frightening, to say the least. To have that last for a month would be downright terrifying. But Danielle took it in stride. When she was diagnosed with MS in 2008, she immediately got on medication and has not had any other symptoms since then. Read more…
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. Read more…
Paul DeBruler has always loved riding bikes. As a kid, he was a typical reckless rider, bombing over curbs, ramps, and any other obstacles in the endless pursuit of more – more height on jumps, more speed, more fun. As an adult, Paul uses cycling a little differently – for one thing, it’s his main form of transportation to and from work, but for another, it’s a weapon against an insidious disease. Read more…
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Pictured: Bob and his daughter, Jennifer, at Bike MS Willamette Valley 2015
Lifelong Partners Continue to Support One Another
By Alison Jelden
“The biggest thing to understand [about MS] is that people don’t like to be alone and there’s a lot of support pulling for them.” -Bob Hall
Bob Hall lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon where he loves the outdoors–cycling, camping and fishing. We spoke with him about his deep connection to MS, his investment in the MS community of Southern Oregon, and why Bike MS holds a special place in his heart.
By Tommi Johnstone
Bike MS co-captain, Team Amulet
6th year at Bike MS Oregon
Just a few weeks ago, I was asked to share my MS story at Bike MS. I thought that was kinda funny, because when I first heard of the weekend cycling event way back in 2010, I had no connection whatsoever to multiple sclerosis (MS). I sort of knew what MS was, but had never met anyone who lived with the disease. I just thought Bike MS sounded like a cool ride, and I liked the idea of camping overnight and experiencing a summer break with a new community. It never crossed my mind that I’d participate in Bike MS more than once.
That all changed the day I met Kevin Byrne. Read more…
Ashley is a hard-working mother of two boys and wife to beloved companion, Matt, of 15 years. She enjoys cooking, crafting, hiking, camping, and of course, cycling. We spoke with Ashley about how multiple sclerosis has impacted her life, her dedication to support her own community during Bike MS weekend, and why it’s so important to keep rolling even when the going gets tough. Read more…
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It’s been more than a year since his sister Joanie died of complications from MS. But for James Corstorphine, better known by his middle name Hamish, she continues to be an inspiration, and he tells her story to help build awareness for the disease.
“Joanie was diagnosed with MS 20 years ago, but it progressed slowly,” said Hamish, “so she was able to carry on her life without much complication. Then four years ago, she hit a wall.” Hamish witnessed the accelerated decline as she went from wheelchair to permanently bed-ridden, and finally passed away. Hamish was shaken by what the disease had done to his sweet and wonderful sister, and the stress it caused her family and caretakers. Read more…
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Energizing stories about people living with MS. Tips and tricks to make your Walk & Bike MS experience rock. Plus, the occasional Chewbacca sighting. Find 'em here inside the official blog of the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter.