The MS Society just released this video "Why I Ride" It is pretty powerful.
The other day I was speaking on the phone with a woman and I noticed on her LinkedIn profile she listed that she had been a MS Ambassador. We started talking about the MS 150 ride and she told me she did the ride for years, but for medical reasons, she could no longer do it. I told her I had previously started a team and was doing the ride again this year even though I haven't trained enough. As we were ending our conversation she thanked me for helping with MS fundraising and awareness. Her gratitude was so sincere, heartfelt, and earnest. I was kind of taken back and then I realized she said "for medical reasons she can no longer do the ride" and it hit me, she must have MS. I just thought she was a bike enthusiast and was having a breezy conversation. I guess it is easy to forget that this ride is for charity and means a ton to those with MS and their families. I know when I cross that finish line in Austin I'll be thinking of the woman and our conversation.
You can learn more about the ride here http://main.nationalmssociety.org/ It is not too late to donate or volunteer