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Volunteers needed for MS bike benefit
Volunteers needed for MS bike benefit

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society-Arkansas is looking for volunteers to help with the Bike MS: Rock’n Hot Ride. On September 8 and 9, more than 150 cyclists are expected to ride and help raise the goal of $95,000. Funds raised will support direct services and programs for the more than 2,900 people living with MS and their families in Arkansas and national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system. But they will not be able to do it without the help of people like you!

Volunteers have a variety of motivations fo r involvement. Dawn Sanders from Bryant, Ark., is involved this year because she has made a resolution to stay involved in her community. "It is so rewarding to see the event come together," said Dawn. "I know that I am part of the movement dedicated to creating a world free of MS."

"Volunteers are the backbone of this event," said Lisa Finkbeiner, Bike MS Director. "Volunteers can help with planning starting months before the ride, setting-up at various locations throughout the weekend, registering cyclists, monitoring the route, managing snack stations, cleaning up or cheering on the cyclists. There is a place for everyone’s time and talents."

WHAT: 27th Annual Bike MS Arkansas: Rock’n Hot Ride 2012 NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
WHEN: September 8 & 9 – Saturday registration opens at 6 a.m. and the ride starts at 8 a.m.  Sunday check in begins at 6 a.m. and the ride starts at 7:30 a.m.
WHERE: Day One: Starts in downtown Little Rock at the Clinton Presidential Library and goes to the Transportation Depot in Hot Springs. (About 80 miles) 
Day Two: Starts at the Transportation Depot in Hot Springs and is the reverse of Day 1, back to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION:  Visit www.bikemsarkansas.org or call 501-663-8104 ext. 35304
WHY: Proceeds raised will benefit the National MS Society: Arkansas.

About the 27th Annual Bike MS Arkansas: Rock’n Hot Ride
The 27th Annual Bike MS: Arkansas: Rock’n Hot Ride presented by Sam’s Club is a statewide cycling event heading from Little Rock to Hot Springs and back to Littl e Rock for some fabulous fun! We are really excited about our NEW ROUTE from Little Rock to the Spa City and hope that cyclists will get an unforgettable experience.

Cyclists will ride approximately 150 miles over both days. Along the ride, cyclists can find rest stops every 10 to 12 miles and SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be available between stops. The ride will start in Little Rock at the Clinton Presidential Library on Saturday, Sept. 8 and will go to the Transportation Depot in Hot Springs. Then back to Little Rock on Sunday, Sept. 9 with a finish-line celebration!  Luggage can be picked up at the Transportation Depot (Saturday finish line) and shuttles will be available to the hotels. Bikes can be stored overnight at the Transportation Depot inside their secured building.  The National MS Society has the entire building and grounds reserved for both Saturday & Sunday. Shuttles will be available early Sunday morning from both hotels. 

F or more information or to register for Bike MS Arkansas: Rock'n Hot Ride, visit www.bikeMSarkansas.org or call 501-663-8104 ext. 35304.

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. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. 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 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 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 2011 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.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.