Coming up: MS Bike Event, Oct. 21

October 16, 2012 11:54:39 AM PDT
Grab your bikes on Oct. 21 -- for a great cause!On that day, the Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host Bike MS New York City 2012 as nearly 5,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the largest one day charity fundraiser.

The event starts at 7:30 a.m. at Pier 92/94 (711 12th Ave). Participants will go on routes of 30, 55 or 100 miles through a traffic-free ride through the Holland Tunnel.

Participants will help raise close to $3 million dollars to support the fight against people who have multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs of NYC and in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties. Donations will also support research for the cause, treatment and a cure of this unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. To register or for more information, visit

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body which then stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nerve system. The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with the malady.

In 2011 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and surrounding counties to continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support its critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information on the society, visit