This group was founded by the director, Don Fraser, because his mother has MS and he loves touring by bicycle. In 2007, Don and 3 friends rode across country heading East from Seattle Washington to Bar Harbor Maine. Don built a website and the four cyclists raised over $20,000 with help from a few friends. In 2009, Don led another group from Virginia to Oregon, raising over $25,000. I became involved in 2010 as a route-leader on the Trans-America bicycle trail and later became a board member. In 2010 we raised over $100,000.
For now, the group is run almost entirely on volunteer hours, only purchasing equipment for the rides as needed to keep overhead low. We have donated money for MS research at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and to support a nurse practitioner's position at the James Q. Miller MS clinic in Charlottesville, VA. We also do service projects along the cross-country routes like yard work and paying for home modifications such as handicap ramps, and handicap bathroom renovations.
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Ironically, my girlfriend was diagnosed with MS during the summer in which I was cycling across country to fight the disease. She now goes to the very clinic that some of that summer's funds were donated to.
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Increase the public's awareness of it, it's AWESOME!!
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