Hundreds will join together and pedal toward a world free of MS during Bike MS: Cactus & Crude 2014, presented by Apache this Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20.
This annual two-day fundraising ride is fully supported from start to finish and features a scenic route from Midland to Post. Registered cyclists commit to raise a minimum of $250 to fund MS education, programs, services and research that directly impact the lives of those affected by the disease.

“Bike MS represents more than just an opportunity to raise awareness and funds toward the MS movement, it’s the chance for community members, neighbors, and families to come together and connect with one another,” notes Lyndee Groce, Development Manager for the National MS Society in West Texas. “We are excited for our cyclists to experience this extraordinary ride as they support an extraordinary cause.”

Bike MS: Cactus & Crude 2014, presented by Apache kicks off this Saturday, July 19 from Midland and travels through the byways and highways of the Permian Basin area cruising into Big Spring for an overnight celebration at the South West Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.

On Day 2 of the ride, cyclists will enjoy the dramatic scenery of West Texas as they head to Post to cross the finish line.

Registration for Bike MS: Cactus & Crude Ride is $25 until July 19.

Registered cyclists are required to commit to a minimum fundraising pledge of $250. Visit bikeMStexas.org to register to ride, form a team, volunteer or make a donation.
Bike MS is geared to riders aged 12 years and older and various cycling levels – novice to more experienced. Additionally, the National MS Society depends on committed volunteers to ensure Bike MS is an enjoyable and well-managed event. Individuals interested in volunteering can go to bikeMstexas.org for information and to register as a volunteer.

WHAT: Bike MS: Cactus & Crude Ride 2014, presented by Apache
WHEN: July 19-20, 2014 WHERE: Midland – Big Spring - Post
WHY: To raise funds to support MS research and programs and services that directly impact individuals and families living with the disease.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. 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 at least two to three
times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support more than 350 new and ongoing research projects around the world while providing programs and services to more than one million individuals affected by multiple sclerosis. The National MS Society serves more than 68,000 Texans affected by multiple sclerosis, including more than 22,000 diagnosed with the disease. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.jointhemovment.org.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800- 344-4867.