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“The Ride Across Minnesota” finishes in Duluth, $1 million raised for MS

July 25, 2008

Contact: Emily Wilson

Approximately 1,000 cyclists participating in Bike MS: Star Tribune TRAM Ride 2008 crossed the finish line at the University of Minnesota Duluth today, Friday, July 25, after completing a five-day, 250-mile bike ride on Minnesota’s Iron Range and North Shore.

Participants in The Ride Across Minnesota began Monday, July 21, in Grand Rapids, and rode through Chisholm, Biwabik and Two Harbors before arriving at the finish line in Duluth today. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter anticipates The Ride Across Minnesota raised more than $1 million to support multiple sclerosis research projects around the world and programs and services for the estimated 9,000 people living with the disease in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The 19th annual ride is fully-supported and offers cyclists a chance to experience the best of scenic Minnesota while helping to support the movement to end MS. For more information, visit http://www.mstram.com/ or call 1-800-582-5296. 

About Bike MS
The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter organizes three Bike MS events each year. The Star Tribune TRAM Ride is the last of three rides in the Bike MS series. The Minnesota Chapter expects the 2008 cycling series will raise nearly $4 million total. 

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.


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