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Friday, July 10th, 2009
9:45 am - The MS150
I'm biking from Irvine to San Diego -- that's 100 miles -- over two days in October for the National MS Society.

I'm not Lance Armstrong. I'm not a hardcore biker. I'm not one of those people in fluorescent yellow and green jerseys, bent over lowered handlebars as they attempt to wring every last tenth of a kilometre an hour out of a fancy road bike. I'm a fat guy who bikes to work, usually in cargo shorts and a t-shirt, 6 miles each way on a normal bike over very, very flat terrain, so this is a big stretch -- 60 miles one day and 40 miles the other. But it's important, and it's worth it.

My friend Amy's mother has MS, and watching how the National MS Society is able to fund the research needed -- and the resulting treatments -- is amazing. MS is not high on the government's list of research funding, so people who are affected by it, and their friends and family, do the vast bulk of the donations -- $77 million worth in 2007, all of it from charitable donations.

If you've heard of multiple sclerosis but don't really know what it is, the ten-word answer is that MS is a degenerative disease that interrupts information being passed between the body and the brain.

There's no cure for MS -- not yet -- but huge strides have been made in treatment and allevation of the worst of the symptoms. And it's all really down to private donations, which is why I'm asking you, if you can, to make a donation in my name to the Pacific South Coast chapter of the National MS Society.

If you can donate, thank you so much. And if you can't -- and I understand completely -- please try and spare some thoughts for my poor, aching keister and legs as I attempt to get up Torrey Pines hill.



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