More than 12,000 cyclists are expected to raise $16 million to stop multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects 2.3 million people, when they hop on their bikes for the BP MS 150 Houston to Austin Bike Ride taking place April 29-30.
The largest fundraising event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – and the biggest fundraiser for MS research in the world – makes its most popular start in The Energy Corridor at Darrell Tully Stadium on Dairy Ashford. To date, the two-day bike ride has raised more than $240 million to help change the world for people affected by MS.
“We recognize, and are humbled by, the overwhelming dedication of cyclists, volunteers, our title sponsor BP America and other corporate sponsors who support the BP MS 150 each year,” said Kelli Dreiling, Associate Vice President of Development for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
BP America has been the title sponsor of the ride since 2001 and, along with Team BP, has contributed more than $17 million for MS research and programs. BP supports the communities where its employees live and work and is committed to serve as title sponsor of the BP MS 150 through 2018.
Along with Team BP, riders from companies headquartered in The Energy Corridor District such as Shell and ConocoPhillips have made significant contributions by turning out hundreds of cyclists and volunteers annually for the fundraiser, now in its 33rd year.
In 2016, nearly 11,000 cyclists, along with their supporters and sponsors, raised nearly $16 million to support MS research, programs and services funded by the MS Society.
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. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. At least two to three times more women than men are diagnosed with the disease. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Visit BPMS150.net to register as a cyclist, virtual rider or volunteer. Support a rider today by donating online. Or to participate as a volunteer, visit BPMS150.net, call 713-394-2921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.