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Woodswoman's MS5000 Challenge

Several years ago, my best friend was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I didn't really understand what that meant when she told me what was wrong. But in the years since then, I've watched helplessly while this disease silently, slowly eats away at her strength, eyesight, and resistance, leaving in its wake chronic pain.

I want. To. Do. SOMETHING.

So, borrowing an idea from a motorcyclist (and MS sufferer) who goes by the rider name LongHaulPaul, I am going to attempt the MS5000 Challenge.



It runs for 50 days, beginning today (April 1) and running through May 20. Points are awarded during the Challenge period as follows:

For every mile I ride my motorcycle, I earn 1 point. For every dollar I raise, I earn 10 points. A minimum of 1,000 points (1,000 miles) must be earned on my motorcycle, and a minimum of 1,000 points ($100) must be earned from donations. To be a finisher, I must accumulate at least 5,000 points before the end of the 20th of May.

I'm taking the liberty of posting about the Challenge here, and I hope some of you might sponsor me.


Link for donations: Walk MS: Albany 2017: Ms. Christine Lucey - National MS Society


Maybe you remember DixieBlueEyes, a stalwart member here who was forced to give up riding because of the debilitating symptoms of MS. Maybe you recall the tale of GGNutsc, who bought a bike from a fellow member through this forum ... and was diagnosed with MS the following month.

Or maybe you know someone else with MS. In fact, I'll bet you do, because, sadly, millions suffer from it.

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On this first day of the Challenge, the rules require that I post a photo of my bike's odometer.



It's common practice to include in the odometer photo a date-stamped receipt for gasoline. A few days ago, I had real hopes of being able to provide that today, and to get in my first ride of the year.

Mother Nature, however, had other ideas.



There's a not-small layer of ice underneath, dammit.

<Sighhhhh!>

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And again, Link for donations: Walk MS: Albany 2017: Ms. Christine Lucey - National MS Society

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I'll sponsor you for the $100 donation
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I'll sponsor you for the $100 donation
Thank you!!!!

If you want the tax deduction, please use the link above to donate.

If you would rather not give your info to the National MS Society, I'll gladly accept a personal check (or cash). Maybe at the wrench party?

Thanks again, Jay.

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I'll be adding $50. My cousin usually does the Austin 150 bike ride in Texas. He suffered a mild heart problem last year and can't do it, so my help for MS will go to you.

A friend in High School got MS and I saw her go down hill for 4 yrs. Such a shame for only being 15 when diagnosed. She was 23 when it finally took her from this world.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.

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I'll be adding $50. My cousin usually does the Austin 150 bike ride in Texas. He suffered a mild heart problem last year and can't do it, so my help for MS will go to you.

A friend in High School got MS and I saw her go down hill for 4 yrs. Such a shame for only being 15 when diagnosed. She was 23 when it finally took her from this world.
Thank you so much, Fred! I appreciate your support (though I do hope your cousin is soon well again).

What many people don't realize is that, yes, in its aggressive forms, MS can kill.

It's a miserable, insidious disease. A cure needs to be found -- and until then, people who suffer from it need help that doesn't come from a doctor or hospital, like ramps into their homes and wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The MS fundraising team I'm aligned with has earmarked a portion of our fundraising efforts for these practical things, too.

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Thank you!!!!

If you want the tax deduction, please use the link above to donate.

If you would rather not give your info to the National MS Society, I'll gladly accept a personal check (or cash). Maybe at the wrench party?

Thanks again, Jay.

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Donation sent at the link above - Good Luck with your challenge.
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nice gesture Chris...Barb & I will support you thru the link.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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Sincerest thanks to Capt Cruiser, Scorpion46 and DCinCT for your support. You guys are fantastic!

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I wanna give a shout-out to Stickalilly and TheSnake1201 for their support!

Supposed to rain hard overnight, which should wash the weekend batch of salt off the road. Once the the streets and my driveway dry out, I aim to get busy with the riding part of the Challenge.

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Hope the weather gives you a chance to get out and get rolling. It's fun enough to just ride but when there is a purpose behind it, it's so much more enjoyable.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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