Cyclists Rode from Midland to Big Spring Today for One Cause 7/20/13
CBS 7 News
BIG SPRING- People from all over Texas are riding 150 miles this weekend for their friends and loved ones who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.
Danette Beals rode today to support her husband Ray, whose been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 20 years.
"We ride because we can and we do that because there's people like Ray who can't ride anymore," said Beals.
The event, Cactus & Crude Ride, is hosted by the National Multiplesclerosis Society and today marked their twenty-fourth anniversary.
Lyndee Groce, the organizations director, said that 2.1 million people are effected by MS and that many don't know if they or even a neighbor is diagnosed because it's not a visible disease.
"As of now, within the last nine years we have a total of 10 approved drugs on the market for those suffering with MS, and because of that they are mobile," said Groce.
Back in 2008, Ken Ballard and is his wife Melissa volunteered at an MS event to support one of their friends who suffered with the disease…little did they know that three weeks later Melissa would be diagnosed herself.
"This year is her fifth year anniversary of having MS, so I started out doing all of the Texas rides. I thought there was three, but then I found out there was five, coincidentally five rides five years of MS, so we're doing them all," said Ballard.
Ballard said that riding four hours is nothing compared to the 24 hours a day that his wife deals with this disease.
Groce said that they expect to raise at least 250,000 dollars from this weekend’s event. The money raised will go towards research and will help families living with MS financially.