Vail Daily letter: Can Do riders beat goal
July 24, 2010
The Eagle Spinners ride again! A 15-member team from Eagle County participated for the second year in the MS 150 bike ride June 26 and 27.
The 25th annual Great-West Life Bike MS, Colorado’s Ride 2010 Presented by Sam’s Club, is a two-day fundraising bike ride that benefits the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society,and the 76,000 Coloradans in our state affected by multiple sclerosis.
Riders started in Westminster, riding 75 miles to Fort Collins including an amazing view of Horsetooth Reservoir and then back again the next day.
The team, sporting Can Do Multiple Sclerosis jerseys that honored founder Jimmie Heuga, was formed by family and friends to show support for two local residents who live and ride with MS — Alice Plain and Penny Bumgarner.
The team surpassed their goal this year, raising over $12,000 to help fund research in MS. We so much wish Jimmie was here to see how two of his Can Do participants did exactly what he always preached: Listen to your body while being as active as possible. We miss Jimmie Heuga, but his legacy is marching (pedaling) on.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system in which the insulating, protective covering (myelin sheath) surrounding the nerves is destroyed or damaged, resulting in interference with the brain’s signals to various parts of the body. Symptoms of MS range from numbness in the limbs and impaired speech and vision, to complete paralysis and blindness.
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Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, located in Edwards, is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners who want to see themselves beyond the challenges of their disease and live their best lives with MS. For more information check website http://www.mscando.org.
Alice and Penny say thank you Jimmie Heuga for helping change their lives by realizing they can ride their bikes and help find a cure for MS.
Director of Development Can Do Multiple Sclerosis