We all know of Multiple Sclerosis; many of us love someone with this horrible disease. Many have read blogs here with the stats, the stories, the need for the cure, the current research that leads us to know a cure is on the way! Every other week 200 people are diagnosed with this disease!
July 1 is going to be one more of the many events happening around the country where folks will gather in community, hope, compassion to raise money for research, for the desire of the NOW to set the sun down on MS.
Laura, pictured here on the left is throwing this event together; MS walked in to her life uninvited. Her daughter Shauna on the right has dedicated her life to riding her butt off out in TEXAS each year with thousands at the BPMS150, practicing each day, putting more miles on a bike than most do in their cars. She rides in honor of Laura for the cure. Each and every year, Laura flies to Texas to be standing there at that finish line with open arms to meet both Shauna and Dixie as they complete that 170 mile ride after 2 solid days of riding… to reach their goals of raising monies for the CURE. They will not stop, the bikes will not be put in storage. Their butts will ache, their muscles will seize and there will be times they will crash along with others on the routes. But they get up, dust themselves off, put band-aids on the blood and they ride on. Many will walk for MS Awareness, many will throw money in buckets they see across town, others will organize bake sales, car washes, education fairs. Still others will bury their heads in the sand pretending MS does not affect them and move about their day none the wiser or more blessed or educated.
Life can be like that at times.
MS gets on millions of people’s nerves, affects the lives of those we love. Here we are getting ready to Help the Sun Set on MS with a view of the Anclote River.
Meet some folks who know the importance of finding a cure of this disease while having a great time, seeing a beautiful sunset, throwing back a cold one. Whatever the reason that motivates you to get out on a Monday, find it and show up to Ms. Vicki’s on the River.
All over the Tampa area there will be folks selling Fireworks on the side of the roads. Some of those folks will now have buckets for raffles of some wicked cook firework displays that they will pick a winner from on July 3….
Yes they will. iF >>> YOU ARE around those places, be sure and look for a bucket with a sign that says, “MS” on it. Get involved, take some chances on those fireworks, knowing that Laura Roorda will be the one they hand that dough to. In turn, she will be turning that cash over to her beloved brother at Home Depot who will then DOUBLE IT for a nice check to the National MS Society.
YOU will have helped. Just by stopping by while doing your thing, enjoying your day, your night… realizing that nerves along with the brains of some fantastic people are being affected by this thing called MS.
Help us set the sun down on MS.
Here’s to each of you, my wish that you show up, show out, show compassion, kindness and the very best of the best that lives within each of you always.
YOU can order those cool T-shirts by contacting Laura … firstname.lastname@example.org
indicate your size to her, send a check +shipping to get yours. They are fine indeed with original artwork contributed by a friend as seen in the above poster (minus the location)
24 hours and counting here, til’ the house is alive with the sound of family. It seems the earlier I get up to get ready, the quicker the sun sets with my list growing! Oh it is just going to be a fine few weeks with the pool splashes, the banana splits, grill hot, the the… well all the things that come with a house alive with kids and the Mom. The 4 leggeds know that we are getting ready, we are today embracing the sound of silence as we move into making all just so so special (we hope). \?/ Just happy happy to get Kamryn and Olivia back together again, I can already see it; they will be in the pool so quick my head will spin. Camera on the table, battery charged. I do believe I am ready!
Time to stock the fridg with gatorade, water, yahooo drinks! Can’t forget the Greek Yogurt for the Dot/Mom/Cob.. ok where is my list…
Have a remarkable day folks. Hope you order those t-shirts.
Walk in Beauty,
- Bike MS 2013 (alleycatlife.com)
- Bike MS Helps Fund Research, People Living With Disease (denver.cbslocal.com)