Beazer Homes is proud to support Area Presidents Bruce Craig and Troy Radelat, for the second year in a row as they prepare for the 2016 BP MS 150 ride in April. The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising bike ride organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and is the largest event of its kind in North America with 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers and countless spectators along the route from Houston to Austin, TX. The 2015 BP MS 150 had a record-breaking year raising $20.3 million, bringing hope to many who are living with MS. This year, Bruce and Troy are looking to exceed their 2015 performance and raise even more funds.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the CNS. More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide and the need for research funding is ever-present.
More than 35 years ago, Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Will Munger, and his then-10-year-old son completed the original Bike MS 150-mile ride from Duluth, Minnesota to Minneapolis. Inspired by their journey, Bike MS has evolved into a series of 100 cycling events held across the country – at least one ride in every state. The rides vary in length – from as little as 3 miles in one day, to 250 miles over a five day period.
About Bruce: Looking back at last year’s ride, Bruce has gained an increased appreciation for the event’s impact on the local community. “Last year the primary reason I considered the ride was the challenge. As I started to learn more about MS and how many people it impacts, I realized that this was a great charity to support. During my fundraising efforts I reached out to friends, family and co-workers for donations. I was surprised to learn that this disease impacted several people in my network. I also had a friend get diagnosed with MS last year just before the ride. So this year, it’s more about the fundraising and less about the ride. Having said that, the challenge of the ride is still very appealing to me!”
This year, Bruce aspires to raise at least $7,500, with a stretch goal of $10,000. He also hopes to enjoy the experience for what it is – a physical and emotional challenge. “For the ride itself, my goal is to have fun and finish smiling. Last year I experienced pretty severe cramps over the last 10 miles and was definitely not smiling when I crossed the finish line!” To learn more about Bruce’s journey and donate toward his fundraising goal, visit Bruce’s page.
About Troy: Troy continues to glean inspiration from the athletic challenge Bike MS presents. “I feel very fortunate to have my health and riding 150 miles to help those that aren’t as fortunate seemed a very natural fit for me.” It’s also easy to see how the meaningful experience of last year’s ride inspired him to get on the bike again. “Being surrounded by so many caring people that are there to challenge themselves while helping others was infectious. I enjoy competing and challenging myself, but having the added benefit of being able to raise money for such a great cause is a double win.
Finally, we got to personally witness a lot of volunteers, fellow riders and observers living with MS. Their approach to living with the disease was inspiring to me and made me want to continue to help in any way that I can.”
Troy’s goal for the 2016 BP MS 150 ride is simple, yet impactful to the millions of people living with MS today. “I want to raise as much money as I can through my network and enjoy the event for what it is intended to be — an opportunity to help others while challenging myself physically.” To support Troy in his fundraising efforts and learn more about his experience with such a worthy cause, visit Troy’s page.
Bike MS raises more money than any other cycling event for any other cause. To date, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers and donors have raised over $1 billion so people affected by MS can live their best lives. We will be keeping up with Bruce and Troy on their journey to the BP MS150, so check back soon for updates on their training.
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