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Bike the US for MS: Riders Raise Awareness and Support Patients

From Florida to Maine: The Bike the US for MS riders. (Courtesy Photo)


ALEXANDRIA, VA – On April 20, 2019, ten bicyclists left St. Augustine, Florida to cycle the East Coast.  They plan to finish May 26 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Their goal is to raise awareness and funding for multiple sclerosis research.

With bike groups across the country and in the United Kingdom, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society mission statement reads: “We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.”

This particular group consists of  three women and seven men, including Richard Ellis, Kelly Wolf, Duncan Moore, Al Francis, Gayle Fothengil, Neil McKellum, Sean McKellum, Stormi Turnbull, Joe Turnbull, Harrison Mak, and Joe Fenney. They have come together from places far and wide: British Columbia, Canada; California; Idaho; Texas; Florida; Virginia; and Pennsylvania. The group cycles an average of 60-80 miles a day.

They rest and spend nights at camp sites, churches, or other organizations that agree to host them on their incredible journey. Alexandria’s own Messiah Lutheran Church had the opportunity to host the cyclists this week.  

If you would like to support their effort, you can sponsor a rider on the Bike US for MS Facebook page. You can follow their trip through Facebook as well.  Learn more about Bike the US for MS by visiting their web site HERE.

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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