Below is a press release for The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM). It’s pretty great when you can combine getting out in MN with helping others!
More than 700 cyclists will roll through Central Minnesota July 20-24, 2016, as part of the Bike MS: TRAM Ride (The Ride Across Minnesota). In its 27th year, the event is expected to raise more than $700,000 to accelerate research breakthroughs that uncover solutions for people with multiple sclerosis and for life-changing services helping families affected by the disease. Funds raised benefit the National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, which serves more than 18,000 people with MS and their families across Minnesota, Iowa and North and South Dakota.
The Bike MS: TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota) is a one-of-a-kind cycling event that takes 1,000s of participants and volunteers each year through some of Minnesota’s most picturesque small towns on a fully supported route. This year, the ride rolls through central Minnesota, starting at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph with overnight stops in Sauk Centre, Fergus Falls, Wadena and Little Falls.
About multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects 2.3 million people worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2014 alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, the Society devoted $122.2 million to connect more than one million individualsto the people, information and resources they needed. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $50.2 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Learn more at: www.nationalMSsociety.org.