Bikers cross county for charity

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

Recently, you may have wondered what all of those white markers with the letters “MS” on the roads of Marion County were all about. This past Saturday, we all found out as the Bike The Bluegrass event kicked off. Numerous cyclists of all different abilities headed out on any of three daunting courses that wound around Marion and Washington counties. On Saturday, the cyclists rode through Marion County while on Sunday the group traveled through Washington County.  Each cyclist had an option of completing a 50, 75, or even a 100-mile course as part of this fundraiser.  
The group was riding to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis. The Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society put together the ride that began and ended each day at the campus of St. Catharine College. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects nerve cells and causes people to lose control of parts of their bodies in different degrees of severity.
Each week MS is diagnosed in 200 Americans and currently an estimated 4,700 people in Kentucky and Southeast Indiana are living with MS and the number has grown to nearly 400,000 across the United States.
Each rider in this year’s Bike The Bluegrass event raised money to help fund research and hopefully cure this debilitating disease.  
Each rider in the event is required to raise a minimum donation of $300, but most of the participants go above and beyond their duties. In 2010, $175,000 was raised by the nearly 250 competitors. All of that money went to the MS Society to ensure that people affected by MS can be treated with cutting edge research.  
The National MS Society is a collective group of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now; to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.
According to the mission statement of the MS Society, “MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.” Feel free to check out the MS Society’s website at www.bikemsky.org to make a donation.
If you have any questions about this event or would like to learn how to get involved, contact Chelsea Denny, Development Coordinator at Chelsea.denny@nmss.org or 1-502-451-0014 ext. 231.