Cycling for the cause to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), 2014 MS Ambassador Elizabeth Sherman will Bike MS:Ride the Riverside at the National Harbor, 165 Waterfront St., National Harbor, this Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8.
In honor of her upcoming 50th birthday, July 5, Sherman has decided to celebrate by cycling with Bike MS and raise money for the cause.
“Bike MS is important to me because it raises awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, but most importantly, it raises funds for MS research and other services that the National MS Society sponsors,” explains Sherman.
The I Ride with MS program is a series sponsored by bio-technology company Genzyme, which develops therapies for patients with rare and special unmet needs, and the MS One to One membership organization, designed specifically to assist people with the challenges of living with multiple sclerosis.
Sherman joined the I Ride with MS program last October in New York City, in a 30-mile ride around Manhattan.
“I completed it faster than I thought I was going to be able to, and finished the ride. The weather was perfect and it was just an amazing experience,” says Sherman.
She completed the race in a little over two and half hours.
Although Sherman says she is well now, she does admit that she does experience periodic relapses which include weakness in her hands and legs.
“MS impacts so many people differently. There are people who are really impacted by multiple sclerosis from diminished mobility in their arms and legs, to loss of vision,” she emphasizes.
During the ride this weekend Sherman, her team and other participants will receive special honors and/or recognition.
“I would just like to encourage everybody to come out this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The ride leaves out from the National Harbor. Come join us, cheer us on and help us raise money for MS research,”she says.
To hear more about Elizabeth Sherman's MS journey listen to her recent PIH radio interview on Partners in Health and Biz this Saturday, June 7, at 9 a.m.