SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter

October 21, 2007 07:00 ET

2007 Valero MS 150 Bike Tour Gains Momentum in Day Two as Cyclists Pedal to Corpus Christi

Thousands of Cyclists Complete the Two-Day, 150-Mile Bike to the Beach

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwire - October 21, 2007) -


WHAT

Today, more than 3,000 cyclists participating in the 2007 Valero MS 150, presented by H-E-B, will cross the Finish Line at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts the annual two-day Tour from San Antonio to Corpus Christi to raise funds for research and programs benefiting the estimated 20,000 individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families in 174 Texas counties. This year's Bike Tour is expected to raise more than $1.6 million to benefit MS research and Chapter programs.

PHOTO and INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES are available with Riders, Volunteers, Sponsors, Bike Tour Organizers and Lone Star Chapter Representatives.

WHEN & WHERE

The Bike to the Beach Tour route started at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Saturday, Oct. 20 and cyclists pedaled to Beeville for an overnight stay at Coastal Bend College. Today, participants will cycle to Corpus Christi to cross the Finish Line at the Texas State Aquarium.

WHO & WHY

The Valero MS 150 Bike to the Beach is one of three fund-raising rides that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts in Texas, including the BP MS 150 from Houston to Austin in April and the North Texas SAM'S CLUB MS 150 in May. All three are regarded by cyclists as the premier rides in Texas, with experienced management, well-coordinated routes, and special attention to riders' safety and comfort.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. 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 more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS and are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. The Lone Star Chapter serves an estimated 20,000 Texans with MS and their families. Charity Navigator honored the Lone Star Chapter with four stars -- its highest award for outstanding financial and service excellence. The Lone Star Chapter has offices in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at www.nationalmssociety.org/txh.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

            To register, volunteer or donate for the Valero MS 150:
                         log on to www.ms150.org.
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