SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter

May 05, 2007 06:00 ET

Rise and Shine Today, May 5, for the 20th Anniversary SAM'S CLUB MS 150

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

FRISCO, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 5, 2007 --


This morning, more than 3,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the 20th Anniversary of the SAM'S CLUB MS 150. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts the annual two-day, 150-mile Bike Tour from Frisco to Fort Worth, 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 $2 million to benefit MS research and Chapter programs.


David Burman: David is the top fundraiser for the SAM'S CLUB MS 150. This will be his third year as Team Captain for Pollock/Bike Mart Team and his fourth year to participate in the Bike Tour. As team captain, David helps his fellow cyclists by assisting in meeting the minimum pledge. For him, it all goes to the same wonderful cause and he is happy to help in any way.

Bob Kwiatkowski: Bob will ride in the SAM'S CLUB MS 150 for the third time. His reason for riding is very near and dear to his heart. His wife Gerry been dealing with MS for almost 20 years, and has battled lung cancer twice, both times it was surgically removed. Gerry has been in a wheelchair since 1995 and Bob has watched as MS has taken little capabilities away from her during the last 15 years. Throughout it all, she focuses on others and not on her limitations. She will be the first one to tell you that she had 35 good years before the MS came. Bob believes Gerry is the bright star in this world that everyone she touches, wants to come back and touch her once more. She is his reason for riding

Jamie Pierson: Jamie will ride for his second time in the SAM'S CLUB MS 150. He rides for a very personal reason. A year and a half ago Jamie was diagnosed MS. Jamie wants to be the 'myth buster' and show others that people with MS can be healthy and active. In his two years riding, he has become a member of the 100 Club, which is comprised of the top 100 fundraisers for the Bike Tour. Last year he raised more than $19,000 and plans to exceed that amount.


Day One: Saturday, May 5 at 6:45 a.m. at Frisco RoughRiders'
         Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark
         7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, TX
Overnight Stay:  Texas Motor Speedway; Justin, TX
Day Two: Sunday, May 6 at 6:45 a.m. at Texas Motor Speedway;
         finish in downtown Fort Worth at Sundance Square

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

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 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.

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