Last weekend two of our amazing employees took part in the 2016 Bike MS: TOYOTA Best Dam Bike Tour. The two-day cycling event traveled from Milwaukee to Madison with an overnight stay in Whitewater. The race is pretty special as it is all-inclusive and features multiple route options each day, allowing the rider to choose how they experience the Wisconsin terrain. The race was sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter, with funds raised going to Multiple Sclerosis research. Toyota dealers in both Milwaukee and Madison presented the race locally.
More than 2.3 million people are affected worldwide by MS; however, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require U.S. physicians to report new cases, and because symptoms can be completely invisible, the prevalence of MS in the U.S. can only be estimated. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the CNS.
MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more. These problems may come and go or persist and worsen over time. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it.
Bike MS is the number one fundraising cycling series in the nation and raises more money than any other cycling event for any other cause. To date, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers and donors have raised over $1 billion.