February 2012

Bike MS Pedal to the Point is six months away! Fundraising is going well for people and team members are buying new bicycle’s (Yay Sarah)!

We all know who we’re riding for, Mrs. Holly Fiest and I’ll have a post more about her later but we all probably know additional people with MS or know people who have relatives with MS.

I myself know three additional people with MS; my brother-in-law’s brother, my coworker’s sister and an acquaintance from Kent, her father has MS. It’s definitely more common than most of think.

Wonder Where the funds go?

  • The Society has committed $40 million to support 325 new or ongoing projects in our discovery research portfolio
  • The Society’s scholarship program awarded over $1 million to 639 scholars. Scholarships were awarded to students living in families with MS or to students who have MS themselves.
  • Locally, the Ohio Buckeye Chapter served over 11,000 people living with MS.
  •  The Ohio Buckeye Chapter provided direct financial assistance to 525 individuals, medical equipment loans to 218 individuals, home modification assistance to 30 individuals, home cooling and personal cooling devices to 83 individuals.
  • 78 percent of funds raised go to programs and education and 22 percent goes to administration and fundraising.

We’re all in this together – we’re a community coming together for a common goal and the accomplishment of a unique personal challenge, as a team and as individuals along with the other 5,000+ participants.





MS is known as Multiple Sclerosis and it attacks the central nervous system. The CNS includes the brain spinal cord and optic nerves and symptoms vary from person to person. The cause of MS is still unknown but with events like Bike MS, the MS Walk and other events, people affected by MS and their family and friends.

Approximately 400,000 people have MS and every week, more than 200 people are diagnosed. Worldwide, MS affects 2.1 million people. Factors doctors have determined what causes the disease – these are gender, genetics, age, geography and ethnic background.

MS is an autoimmune disease and affects women (2-3 times more) than men. People are typically diagnosed between 20 and 50 but children and teens can be diagnosed too. It’s more common in people who live in more northern parts of the world, farther away from the equator and occurs in most ethnic groups.

Check out the National MS Society for more info.