Cyclists ride for MS cause
Nearly 2,000 participate in weekend ride, make camp at SMV
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By Nicole C. Weld  September 28, 2012 12:00 am

Nearly 2,000 cyclists gathered last weekend at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park to participate in an annual ride to help battle multiple sclerosis.

“Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride” is a two-day cycling adventure that is part of the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.  Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride is organized by the Northern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The Northern California Chapter of the National MS Society serves 40 counties and 84,000 people affected by MS. 
Their mission is simple – to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

Some participants were personally affected by MS, but the majority have seen either family or friends suffer from the disease.
 John Neil participated in this event for the first time this year. 

After losing two family members to MS, he decided to do something about it and got a team of 16 of his closest friends, and together they raised almost $20,000 for the cause.  In total, the event raised nearly $2 million dollars. just short of their goal of $2.1 million.

For two days, individuals, family teams, teams of friends and corporate teams rode on both Saturday and Sunday with routes throughout Sonoma County and Northern California. 

The 75-mile and 100-mile routes started in San Francisco at UCSF Mission Bay Campus. The routes start along the Embarcadero, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, climb around Mt. Tam and continue up Highway 1 with views of the bay and the rugged landscape.

The cyclists celebrated all they accomplished by relaxing in a festive environment with friends, family and co-workers in Team Village at Sonoma Mountain Village at the end of the day.  Live music played while cyclists enjoyed a feast provided by Cattlemen’s, and many people camped out over-night at Team Village or stayed at local hotels. 

The Northern California Chapter of the MS Society is a lifeline for people living with MS; by providing reliable knowledge, engaging and innovative programs and services, financial assistance and a sense of community, the Northern California Chapter keeps people moving their lives forward.

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