SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter

May 06, 2007 06:00 ET

2007 SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Bike Tour to Roll to Sundance Square in Downtown Fort Worth Today, May 6

Cyclists Will Continue on to Finish Line as Part of Two-Day North Texas Bike Tour Benefiting 17,000 Texans Living With Multiple Sclerosis

FORT WORTH, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 6, 2007 --


WHAT

Today, more than 3,000 cyclists will cross the SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Finish Line at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter hopes to raise $2 million to support multiple sclerosis research and services for more than 17,000 Texans with MS. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Bike Tour and is presented by Elk Corp. and Subway.

Photo and interview opportunities are available with Lone Star Chapter representatives, Tour participants, MS patients and event sponsors.

WHEN & WHERE

The North Texas route started at the Frisco RoughRiders' Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark on Saturday, May 5. Cyclists pedaled through scenic North Texas, crossed Ray Roberts Lake and spent the evening at the exciting new Overnight at Texas Motor Speedway. On Sunday, May 6, after a lap around the Speedway's inside track, participants will cycle south, ride around Eagle Mountain Lake and cross the Finish Line at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth.

WHO & WHY

The SAM'S CLUB MS 150 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 Valero MS 150 from San Antonio to Corpus Christi in October. 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 through our 50-state network of chapters. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at www.nationalmssociety.org.

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: log on to www.ms150.org.

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