Multiple sclerosis (MS) is defined as a degenerative and irreversible autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system. The body produces antibodies that target nerves’ protective myelin sheath, causing a progressive breakdown in nerve transmissions across the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Symptoms include numbness, weakness, loss of vision and coordination, speech affectations, and fatigue. It is estimated that over 400,000 people in the US suffer from MS. Every year, 10,000 new MS diagnoses are made — which is around 200 cases weekly.
The yearly Bike MS: Cactus and Crude ride, hosted by the National MS Society, is officially scheduled for the 21st of July. The bike ride will begin in Midland, TX and finish in Post. Bikers will spend one night at the SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, located in Big Spring, before proceeding to Post to conclude the bike ride on the following day, July 22.
The National MS Society aims to back vital research on the disease, along with strategies and assistive measures dedicated to improve the lives of people afflicted with multiple sclerosis.
Bike MS is open to bikers from all levels – from beginner to expert. Those who join can expect to follow a two-day bike route with beautiful scenery, have the chance to meet new people, and raise awareness and funds for the battle against multiple sclerosis.
To learn more about the upcoming event and how to sign up, visit www.bikemstexas.org. You can contact Lubbock’s National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 806-725-0946.