Ride For Multiple Sclerosis Seeks Cyclists, Volunteers

March 18, 2010

Cyclists and volunteers can still sign up to participate in the BP MS 150, an epic bike ride from Houston to Austin that is scheduled for mid April.

MS 150

Cyclists prepare to leave La Grange for the 2009 MS 150.

In its 26th year, organizers estimate that 13,000 cyclists will take part in the non-profit fundraising event that benefits medical research into multiple sclerosis. This year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lone Star aims to raise a record $18 million to support research and fund programs benefiting an estimated 20,000 people affected by MS in 174 Texas counties.

So far, the organization has raised $5.1 million towards its fundraising goal. Registration is still available at www.ms150.org. The group is also still trying to fill more than 3,000 volunteer positions in Houston, Austin and along the route.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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