Mid-Missouri locals bike 200 miles for a number of sclerosis
MEXICO – Two mid-Missouri locals rode 200 miles to unfold consciousness for A number of Sclerosis and to assist Bike MS of the National MS Society.
David Dragoo and Michael Myers are two cyclists who take part in Bike MS yearly, which is a corporation that holds bike rides to assist increase funds to analysis MS and assist these with the illness.
The cyclists initially deliberate to bike within the Bike MS Gateway Getaway trip that began in Godfrey, Illinois, however the trip was cancelled on account of COVID-19.
Bike MS officers stated they needed to cancel most of the scheduled races and occasions due to the pandemic, but this did not cease the 2 cyclists.
Dragoo stated it was essential to nonetheless race as a result of the Nationwide MS Society wants them now greater than ever.
“As a result of the funds should not coming in, due to all of the suspended races, there’s over 70 races in the US and none of them have been in a position to happen due to COVID, so we determined that we had been going to proceed and attempt to increase funds,” Dragoo stated.
Myers had the identical tune, however stated they each put an excessive amount of dedication into coaching to not trip.
“We trip nearly 12 months out of the 12 months in preparation only for this trip,” Myers stated. “When it was cancelled on account of COVID, we each determined we’ve received an excessive amount of time in it, an excessive amount of dedication to it, we’re going to go forward and have our personal trip.”
Dragoo and Myers rode 200 miles in complete, however break up it up in two days. The primary day they rode by way of mid-Missouri in cities reminiscent of Mexico, Vandalia and Perry. On the second day, they rode loops round Mexico.
Marisa Hacker, Growth Specialist for Bike MS on the Nationwide MS Society, stated Dragoo and Myers are inspiring to comply with.
“The 2 of them are, you recognize, an influence duo, they’re the dynamic duo as I wish to name them, and it has been actually thrilling and galvanizing for me to look at them proceed to not simply increase funds however increase wonderful quantities of funds throughout this time,” Hacker stated.
Dragoo and Myers stated they acquired over $7,000 in donations.
Daniel Norman, a superb buddy of the 2 cyclists, was part of the help workforce that adopted them the entire means by way of the trip with gear, water and meals. Norman stated he was excited to assist them in any means he may.
“I do know individuals with MS. I help their donations yearly as nicely, and I knew they wanted assist, and I used to be glad to assist in any means I can,” Norman stated. “Despite the fact that I didn’t do the 100 mile trip myself, I’d assist them in some other means I can, and this can be a means I may assist them out this 12 months.”
Dragoo, who can also be the Chief of the Podiatry Part on the Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital, stated his sufferers are a few of his essential motivators in finishing this trip.
“One of many causes I like doing that is, you recognize within the clinic, my sufferers with MS come as much as me and simply shake my hand and say ‘Doc thanks for doing this, we actually admire what you are doing,’” Dragoo stated.
Nationwide MS Society officers additionally stated they’ve digital rides referred to as “Bike MS: Inside Out,” the place cyclists can nonetheless race with one another nearly. It is hosted by a nationwide broadcast with ceremonies, contests, and competitions.
Hacker stated the rides are important to the Nationwide MS Society as a result of they took a big hit financially from COVID-19 and the dedication from their riders is astounding.
“We’re seeing a income lack of over $60 million in 2020, so enormous lower in income and main improve in want,” Hacker stated. “So, our rides proper now are wanted greater than ever, and it is inspiring to see the resilience that our cyclists have and the dedication that they nonetheless have throughout this time when everyone seems to be feeling the monetary impacts.”
Dragoo and Myers are additionally part of the National MS Society Mid-MO Community Council, with Dragoo being the Chairman of the Council.
Myers stated that having a mid-Missouri chapter is essential to allow them to deal with serving to the local people.
“By having a chapter open up in Columbia, that is going to be helpful to these of us who’re in central Missouri versus being on the japanese facet of the state, and the factor is, we’ve had full help from the chapters as a result of once more it is not a contest,” Myers stated. “It is all to convey consciousness to a number of sclerosis, so the extra publicity that we will put on the market to the general public, the higher.”
Dragoo and Myers stated they hope to have fundraisers for the mid-Missouri chapter sooner or later.