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Bike MS cyclists complete 150-mile ride, raise $2.7 million

June 9, 2008

Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS - Nearly 3,500 cyclists rode 150 miles to help end multiple sclerosis this weekend, June 6 to 8, as part of Bike MS: Larkin Hoffman MS 150 Ride — a two-day, 150-mile cycling event from Proctor, Minn., to the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., with an overnight at Grand Casino Hinckley. The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter anticipates cyclists raised $2.7 million.

Funds raised through Bike MS help support programs and services for the estimated 9,000 people living with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and drive cutting-edge MS research projects around the world.

The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter would like to thank the following sponsors for their commitment to moving closer toward a world free of MS: Title sponsor Larkin Hoffman; C.H. Robinson Worldwide; Luther Westside Volkswagen; DTN/Meteorlogix; KS95; Fox 9 News and My29; Comcast; The Fan and Mix 108; Proctor Public Schools; Grand Casino Hinckley; National Sports Center; Walman Optical; Assurant; Anderson; Donaldson; Express Scripts Foundation; Private Bank Minnesota; J&J Distributing; Premium Waters; Pure Protein; General Mills; Rollx Vans; Gatorade; Transport America; McDonough Truck Line; Miller Dwan’s Regional Rehabilitation Center of Duluth; Organic Valley; Pearson’s Candy Company; and Reliakor Services.

About Bike MS
The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter organizes three Bike MS events each year. The Larkin Hoffman MS 150 Ride is the second of three Minnesota Bike MS events in 2008. The five-day, 250-mile Star Tribune TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota), July 20 to 25, features Minnesota’s Iron Range and the North Shore of Lake Superior. The Minnesota Chapter expects the 2008 cycling series will raise nearly $4 million total. For more information, visit http://www.mssociety.org/ or call 800-582-5296.   

About multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50 state network of chapters. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now. The Minnesota Chapter represents an estimated 9,000 people with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Join the movement at nationalmssociety.org.
Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ or 1-800-344-4867 to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.


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