Bike the US for MS Raises Over $200,000 for UVA MS Clinic
Almost 30 bikers are pedaling across the country to raise money for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in central Virginia.
The TransAm Route of Bike the US for MS Tour started their cross country adventure three days ago in Yorktown, VA. Sunday afternoon, they stopped at the University of Virginia's James Q. Miller Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in the Fontaine Research Park, the clinic they're raising money for.
As they rolled in, the group was excited to announce a major fundraising milestone. So far, the bikers, some diagnosed with MS, others who have loved ones that are, have raised more than $200,000.
The group's director, Don Fraser, started the campaign five years ago to raise awareness and funds for the disease that has put his mother in a wheelchair for over a decade. Other than biking more than 60 miles a day, riders also do volunteer service projects for people diagnosed with MS along the trek.
"It's been really difficult for the family and my dad especially, and it's hard to get everything done. The volunteering aspect is really from that. Knowing that people need help, and they may not be asking for it. We've got 25 people here ready and willing to do anything they need," said Fraser.
Robert Fontes, a biker on Sunday, was diagnosed with MS ten years ago. "It's is humbling these people are taking two months out of their lives to raise awareness for a cause that is obviously dear to my heart," he said.
Fontes says events like Bike the US for MS keep him optimistic for a cure.
The riders are expected to arrive in San Francisco on August 1. Bike the US for MS has two other routes, a Northern and a Pacific Coast route.