Delaware’s Bike to the Bay event took place on September 22 and 23 across the state of Delaware and visited the town of Milford as riders stopped at the Milford Middle School during their journey down south. Each year Bike to the Bay attracts close to 2,000 bicyclists in support of Delawareans with multiple sclerosis.
Bike to the Bay cyclists have six routes to choose from before they begin the day. Riders can pick a route as small as 17 miles up to 175 miles depending on the size course they want to take on. Present each year are riders from different skill levels and personal motivations for the trip.
“I know my brother is fighting something that I cannot physically help with or fully understand,” commented Kevin Troyer, whose brother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. “I figured this was a great way to raise money and help out with the cause to find a cure.” This year’s event is Troyer’s second MS bike ride.
Riders took their lunch break for the statewide trip at the Milford Middle School where they were greeted with water, food and a place to relax and regain their stamina. Rider Eileen Donnelly has participated in the MS Bike to the Bay for seven years and continues as a leader of the Wilmington University Cyclist Team.
“Initially I began the bike ride for the challenge but as I learned more about the organization, the more I wanted to support it,” commented Donnelly. “It is a wonderful organization and it is great to see so many people taking the challenge.”
Hundreds of bikers visited the area and took a tour of Milford down Kings Highway to the Milford Middle School. On their way out of town they continued down south to their separate destination throughout Sussex County.
The two-day event creates awareness and raises money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society to help facilitate research for Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain. 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and more than 2.1 million worldwide. In Delaware, more than 1,500 people have been diagnosed with MS.
The National MS Society exists in order to addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. For more information on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society visit www.nationalmssociety.org.