Multiple Sclerosis Cyclists Ride Cross-Country to Swedish

July 23, 2013 James D. Bowen, M.D.


Help us thank and congratulate them Sunday, August 4. Photo from Diane Mattens.

More than 30 bike riders will arrive at the MS Center at Swedish on the afternoon of Sunday, August 4 to celebrate their cross-country bike ride and to make a contribution in support of the Center. We are seeking MS Center patients and friends to help us welcome the riders, including Swedish patient, Diane Mattens, and to thank them for their generous support.

The cyclists will be wrapping up their 4,295 mile bike ride that began on May 28 in Bar Harbor, Maine. The ride was coordinated by Bike the US for MS, a Virginia-based nonprofit organization that organizes cross-country bike trips that raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis research and treatment. Bike the US for MS selected the MS Center at Swedish as one of three MS centers in the nation to receive a grant from the group, which also made a $50,000 donation to the MS Center at Swedish following their Northern Tier bike ride in 2012.

Don Fraser founded Bike the US for MS in 2007 in honor of his mother who has been living with MS for most for her life. Since the organization’s founding, Don and his colleagues have rallied more than 200 riders to participate in three annual bike rides. Riders commit to raise $1 per mile and participate in volunteer for projects in the homes of people living with MS throughout the course of the ride. In just a few years, the riders’ impact has been substantial: Bike the US for MS has raised more than $600,000, in addition to completing more than 50 service projects.

Please join us outside of the main entrance to the Swedish Cherry Hill Campus on 17th & Jefferson at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 4 to welcome the riders as they finish the final leg of their Northern Tier ride, and consider making a sign to help celebrate their finish. Following the cyclists’ arrival, we will gather inside the MS Center for a brief reception and check presentation.


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