SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter

April 21, 2007 06:00 ET

Rise and Shine Today for the 23rd Annual Houston-to-Austin BP MS 150 Bike Tour

Thousands of Cyclists Join the Movement to End the Devastating Effects of Multiple Sclerosis

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 21, 2007 --


WHAT

This morning, 12,000 cyclists will participate in the largest non-profit sporting event in Texas, and the largest of its kind in North America. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts the annual two-day, 180-mile Bike Tour from Houston to Austin which raises funds to support research and programs for the 17,000 individuals in 141 Texas counties affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). This year's Bike Tour is expected to raise $12 million to benefit MS research and Chapter programs. To date, the Lone Star Chapter's BP MS 150 Bike Tours has raised more than $60 million.

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

WHEN & WHERE

Day One: Saturday, April 21 at 6:45 a.m.

  Tully Stadium/Stratford High School      Rhodes Stadium/Katy High School
  14555 Fern Dr, Houston, TX               1733 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy,TX

Overnight Stay: Fayette County Fairgrounds in La Grange

Day Two: Sunday, April 22 at 6:45 a.m. at Fayette County Fairgrounds in La Grange; finish in downtown Austin at the state Capitol

WHO & WHY

The BP MS 150 Bike Tour, taking place April 21-22, 2007, is one of three outstanding fund-raising rides that the National MS Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts in Texas. The other rides are the North Texas SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Bike Tour, presented by Subway and Elk, from Frisco to Fort Worth on May 5-6 and the Valero MS 150 Bike to the Beach Bike Tour, presented by H-E-B, from San Antonio to Corpus Christi on October 20-21. All three Texas rides are regarded by cyclists as the premier rides in the state, with a well-experienced management team, well-coordinated routes, and special attention to rider safety and comfort.

Chartered in 1955, the Lone Star Chapter serves more than 17,000 individuals in 141 Texas counties who are affected by MS. Services include information and referrals, equipment loans, education programs, caring and wellness programs, emergency financial assistance, self-help groups, research updates, and clinical and peer support programs. The chapter works closely with the medical community to enhance MS knowledge and treatment.

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 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.

Online donation and information is fast, easy and secure. Log on to www.ms150.org.

       2007 TEXAS MS 150 BIKE TOURS - A LONE STAR CYCLING TRADITION
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