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CVM Cyclists Go the
Distance to Fight MS

Members of the MU Veterinary Cycling Team who rode in the recent Bike MS ride to raise funds for the battle against the disease are: (first row, from left) Sarah Schlink, Lorie Kiss, Jenny Wolf, Natalie Fording, Lisa Meihls, Rachel Halpin, Alison Barulich, (second row) Pat Porter, Linda Berent, Marlyn Whitney, Katie Robinson, Kayla Terry, Josh Bell, Lauren Delaney, John Flanders, Ali Saheli, Sarah Spidel, Karl Schafer, Cynthia Grebel, Krystle Azerolo, Matt Rubenstein, Craig Franklin and Brian Hutsel. Additional teammates who are not pictured include: Mike Betley, Maria Evola, Betsy Koch, Jessie Krause, Eric Lutzeier, Tom Millis, Rianna Myers, Chrissy Nagle and Ashley Palmer.

Members of the MU Veterinary Cycling Team donned their helmets and participated in the 25th Annual Bike MS ride on Sept. 12-13, 2009, to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Bike MS is a charity ride in which participating cyclists obtain sponsorships. Money raised is used in the battle against MS.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.” In the United States, there are approximately 400,000 people with MS and 200 more are diagnosed each week. Worldwide, the disease is estimated to affect more than 2.5 million people.

The Veterinary Team was made up of 35 participants this year including students, parents, faculty and clinicians. As a team they rode 4,532 and raised more than $12,000 in the fight against MS! The ride started at the Boone County Fairgrounds and provided three route options each day: 40 miles, 75 miles or 100 miles. The Veterinary Cycling Team was well represented on all three of the routes, including 13 riders who took on the 100-mile challenge.

Bayer Animal Health and Purina sponsored this year’s Veterinary Team by providing the matching bright yellow jerseys.

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