One of the ways a business shows its appreciation for their community is by supporting the work of organizations who make a positive impact throughout the year. We support a local branch of the MS 150 Cyclepaths, a group of bicyclists who participate in the City to Shore Biking event that takes place in New Jersey. Established in 2006, this local group continues to set higher goals and increase their membership. In 2013, the 60 member riders exceeded their fund raising goal and generated over $31,000.
Named by Bicycling Magazine as the “Best Cycling Getaway in NJ”, the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride has been rated one of the top bicycling excursions on the east coast. The event has over 7,000 cyclists from all ages and fitness levels with various distance routes taking place over a 2-day weekend. The ride takes travels through charming historic towns, the Pine Barrens and the beautiful New Jersey shore. The cyclists are supported by a network of volunteers and catered rest stops. Based on your fitness level, you can take a one-day 25, 45, 75 or 100 mile trip or a 2-day 150 or 175 mile excursion. Family, friends and sponsors, are encouraged to cheer on their teams as they cross the finish line in Ocean City, New Jersey.
According to one of the team’s captains, Sean Stonelake, “A large part of our success comes from our sponsors. With sponsorships, we are able to keep on going with a strong and committed core group of riders and recruit many new brave souls. Your sponsorship also helps us to continue to be able to surpass higher and higher fund raising goals.” The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, one of three chapters located in Pennsylvania and South Jersey, raised over $5.6 million dollars during their 2013 campaign.
This national fundraising event encompasses 100 rides throughout the country. From Alaska to Florida and nearly every state in between, they are coordinated throughout the year by a network of dedicated volunteers. Since the inception in 1980, these events have generated over $1 billion to benefit MS research and support. In 2013 alone, the cyclists have covered over 10 million miles earning donations along the way.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Website, approximately 400,000 Americans ranging in age from children to the elderly have some form of the disease which can range from mild to very severe. The national and local chapters of the MS society invest approximately 80% of all funds raised directly in research and services to support the lives that are impacted.
As we look forward to sharing our Thanksgiving feast with family and friends, let us remember all of the participants who dedicate their time and efforts in support of those who are less fortunate. It is in this spirit that we salute the Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey MS Cyclepaths and the work they do to create better lives for those with Multiple Sclerosis.
To learn more about this group and how you can get involved, please visit their website.