The Power of the Pedal – Cycling to Change the World for People with MS

9.20.19 By Kat Walsh

 

Next month, thousands of people will hop on their bikes and hit the road for a great cause. It’s the annual Bike MS NYC, and we are honored that one of our own, Beth Murphy, 4th Source’s Service Delivery Director, will be participating.

Bike MS, the fundraising cycling series of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, holds over 70 rides throughout the country every year. Nationwide, more than 80,000 people on 6,000 teams are expected to participate.

“My husband works for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and his team has pulled together a group of folks to ride together,” says Beth. “I have lost a family friend to MS and have two close friends living with the disease. It affects their everyday lives and their ability to function with their families – so it’s a cause near and dear to my heart.”

It's also a cause the 4th Source team is familiar with. “The work we do with our specialty pharmacy customers today involves directly supporting patients that have MS,” says Deb Ferber 4th Source EVP of Healthcare.

In fact, our healthcare team just returned from the NASP (The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy) annual conference, and the state of care of MS in 2019 was one of this year’s sessions.

 

What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.  MS is different for everyone, and that makes it even more challenging to treat. The hallmark of the disease is its unpredictability—which means that a doctor can’t predict with any certainty how far or fast a person’s MS is going to progress or what the outcome is likely to be.

Although we have treatments to manage the disease course, they are only partially effective, which means that some people’s MS will worsen despite everything they and their doctors do to try and prevent it.

A new MS Society-led study confirms that nearly one million people are now living with MS in the United States, more than twice the original estimate. Twice as many people now need solutions and a cure.

 

Bike MS

But pedaling a bike could be the answer to a world free of MS. Bike MS raises more money than any other cycling event for any other cause. To date, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers, and donors have raised more than $1.3 billion to fund cutting-edge research and ensure that people affected by MS can live their best lives.

 

Want to know more?

Here’s more information on Bike MS and the National MS Society. Follow cyclists and events on social media at #dontjustride #bikeMS or explore the powerful and inspiring stories of those living with MS at #ThisIsMS.