Thousands Gear Up for 150 Mile Bike Ride Fundraiser for MS

Created: June 07, 2019 07:13 PM

A recent study by the National MS Society found that there are nearly 1 million people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the U.S.

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The Bike MS: C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride is a 150 mile bike ride fundraiser seeking to find a cure to MS. Organizers expect more than $3 million raised by the more than 3,500 people participating in the ride this weekend.

Kahlea Wilson with the National MS Society is part of the team running the event. She said, "That money goes towards MS research, services for anyone living with MS, all of those sorts of things, just to help out."

John Solberg is one of the many participants who rode up to Proctor in buses from White Bear Lake Friday. Their bikes were shipped up in FedEx semi-trucks.

John rides for his cousin, Maxi. "She's had it, I think, about 11 years now," John said. "She walks with two canes now, so she's in pain a lot."

John and thousands of other riders pitch up tents at Proctor High School Friday night. The ride begins Saturday morning and ends in Hinckley for the day. Riders hop back on the trail Sunday and end in White Bear Lake.

Jeffrey Stone has seen the benefits of the fundraiser first-hand. He said, “I have relapsing MS. It comes and goes."

Jeffrey says that the symptoms are unique with each case. "For me, personally, it’s the heat that gets to me. I just know my limits. It takes me a little while. I’ve had it for 19 years, but I’m starting to know my limits, how to do things the right way.”

Jeffrey said, “We just have a good time the best we can, and we thank everybody out here that comes to these events that help support our cause. The MS walk, the MS 150, there’s a lot of people who come out to support us, and we’re very grateful for what they’re doing for us.”

You can still sign up to register on-site Saturday morning. Donations can be sent in here.

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