MS Ride 2023
As many of you know, I have been involved in fundraising for the cause of Multiple Sclerosis for 26 years. MS is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. My grandfather was the initial reason I began riding for a cure and then, after years of fundraising for MS, my wife, Mary was stricken with the disease.
Many of my friends and members of our dental family have their own MS story and this year I want to introduce you to how quickly, not just one life can change, but how many lives change with a single diagnosis.
I now turn my letter over to Donna and her story.
It was my junior year of high school, 1985. My dad and I were getting ready for work and school rushing around like every other morning. We lived in a small house with one bath which meant the mirror had to be shared. Some moments you just never forget the place you were and the feelings you felt. This morning was one of those mornings. I’ll never forget my dad saying “George (that’s his nickname for me still to this day), turn the lights back on!” I replied with, “They are on.” Dad said, “No they aren’t! Stop playing around George!” In a blink of an eye Dad was blind. Just typing this I still feel that same feeling
I had that morning. I was scared to say the least as I had no idea what was wrong with him. He went from the strong, independent, working three jobs man to being blind and within days, being wheel chair bound and not even being able to feed himself. In seconds, all of our lives were changed. We were blessed as within a year or so dads’ sight was almost back to normal and he could get around with a walker. Many with MS aren’t as blessed which bring us to Dr. Pete’s fundraising for MS known as Bike MS.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is the largest provider of funds supporting research into MS in the world and the majority of these funds come support from people like you! Dr. Pete’s goal is to raise $10,000. But, let’s show him that together we can raise even more!
Please help me with your donation of support for those with MS. Your donation as a check made out to National Multiple Sclerosis Society mailed to my office at: PO Box 628 West End, NC 27376 or by going to my office website www.drpetemckay.com and click on the Donate to MS link. No donation is too small, as every dollar adds up.
If you have a MS story please send it with your donation! Together we can make a difference!