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Sep 192011
Multiple Sclerosis SocietyDrivers in Baldwin County Reminded of Cyclists Participating in Annual Bike MS: Tour de Beach Event

GULF SHORES and ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – This weekend, drivers in Baldwin County will notice hundreds of cyclists who are moving because of a disease that stops people from moving.

“Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving but our organization exists to make sure it doesn’t, which is why fundraising events such as our event are so vital.” said Whitney Taylor of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Her organization along with the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission is hosting the 26th Annual Bike MS: Tour de Beach cycling event, which is set for September 24 and 25. Hosted by the Hampton Inn & Suites in Orange Beach, proceeds from this two-day cycling fundraising event will benefit the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“Our Tour de Beach ride also features the Miracle Mile, which honors the late Dr. John Whitaker, a renowned MS neurologist and long-time Bike MS cyclist,” Taylor added. “What a great legacy that Dr Whitaker left as we continue to battle this unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system.”

More than 250 cyclists are expected to participate in Bike MS: Tour de Beach with a goal to raise $160,000. Funds raised will support direct services for the more than 6,500 people with MS and their families in Alabama and Mississippi as well as national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

Cyclists will depart from the Hampton Inn & Suites at 7:30 a.m. on both days with a selection of 25, 45, and 75 mile options. Routes take cyclists through the local state park, into Pensacola, and even communities dotting the Mobile Bay.

A celebratory awards ceremony will be held at the Hampton Inn at 7 p.m. on Saturday night following the ride. All food and beverages for the program have been donated from local Gulf Coast businesses in an effort driven by EAT!, a local Orange Beach restaurant.

For additional information or register as a participant or event volunteer, visit or contact Whitney Taylor at 205-879-8546.

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About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the U.S., someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 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 more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. We fund cutting edge research, drive change through public advocacy, facilitate professional education, and provide programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The MS Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now.

 September 19, 2011  Posted by on September 19, 2011 Blog