- March 23rd, 2012
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In roughly one month, I will drop everything but my Windsor Fens and pedal my way from Houston to Austin. The ride is one I’ve made with the assistance of hydrocarbons many times, but this will be the first time I’ve done it under my own power. What would drive someone to do something so seemingly insane? Raising money to help those who suffer from multiple sclerosis sounds like a good reason to me – a good enough reason that I not only paid the BP MS150 registration fee, but donated another $100 myself.
Initially, I was going to ride this event alone. As time went on, it started to make a lot more sense to join a team. Looking through the teams that were still open for new riders I came across one that caught my eye: Band Against MS. Why that team? Many years ago, when I was a young boy living in Midland, TX, my parents took me to see Alan Jackson in concert. It was a great show, and the first concert I remember attending. Clay Walker was the opening act at that show and a few years later he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Clay Walker started Band Against MS in 2003; in 2011 I joined the team.
If you have a few minutes to spare, and are willing to part with a few tax-deductible dollars, click here and then click on the donate button below my picture. As of this post, I’m 60% of the way there with a month to go. If you have more questions about what the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is about, and how the donations are used, two informational PDFs are attached below: