Not long ago I watched a coworker’s emotional pain as he watched his wife suffer physically, mentally, and emotionally — there was very little he could do… she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Despite her difficult days and nights, this amazing woman always had a positive attitude and displayed an unwavering courage to live her life to the fullest despite her debilitating disease.
Since then, my life has been touched by several individuals that have been afflicted by MS. I never knew what I could do to help, I was never aware of the National MS Society, and the lengths they go to provide support, treatment, and care to those with MS.
When the opportunity came about to join a team to raise funds and ride in the annual MS-150, in support of the National MS Society — ready for a 100+ mile bike ride or not… I knew it was something that I had to do.
The Army brought me here to the College of William & Mary and Mason as part of the Major General James Wright Fellowship program last July. It has been an exceptionally rewarding experience through the first year and I will be saddened to see this chapter come to a close at the end of August. At the conclusion of the program (end of August) all of the fellows will earn their MBA as well as a green belt in Lean Six Sigma. Our graduation in August comes after 14 months of learning. But, learning here at Mason is more than just scholastic.
The Mason community truly thrives within a culture of giving and selfless service; I would be mistaken to think that this rich culture has not affected both my actions and my thoughts. It is with the spirit of the Mason community and the righteousness of the cause that I am empowered to complete this challenge
It was just over a month ago when I dug out the old road bike, mostly for the purpose of getting back into Army shape… after my year and a half as a college student. About a week later, I came across information on the MS-150. I debated back and forth if I could handle a ride like this, after all I had only again started riding a week ago. Only days later, determined to complete the event and give something back to those friends that shared their courage with so many, I joined a team and took it one step further:
I pledged to raise at least $1,000 and was determined to not only complete the MS-150 but to add an extra 25 miles on to the first day to complete a century ride. Over the past few weeks I have trained hard, cycling every day at various distances from 10 miles to 50 miles. I have tried to average 200 miles a week, and while all the training will surely help completing this task will undoubtedly be a challenging venture requiring some sacrifice… but this cause is truly worth that sacrifice.
Your support and any donations would be greatly appreciated. If you would like more information on the cause, the MS-150, or would like to donate, please click here.
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