Bikers gear up for 2014 Bike MS Ride

WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH)– Bikers geared up for the “2014 Bike MS Ride” in Windsor.

One by one, people showed up Sunday with bikes by their side to show their support for multiple sclerosis.

Maria Summer, who owns a salon in Massachusetts, crossed over the state border to take part in it all.

“I’ve been in business for 4 years and over the course of the 4 years I’ve found a lot of clients in and out that have been affected by MS either by their family or themselves,” said Summers.

And she was just one of many who have a personal connection to the disease.

“A couple of my co-workers, one of them actually has MS, my other co-worker, Joan Dillon who does the mid-day show, her brother was recently diagnosed with MS,” said Mike Stacy, Rocky Hill.

MS ride

“Bike MS” attracted some 500 riders, each taking on different courses throughout Connecticut.

News 8′s very own Darren Kramer served as Grand Marshall.

This event is one of the many put on by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society through the year. The organization has raised millions of dollars with one goal in mind, finding a cure for MS.

“What that has done over the past two decades is that there are 10 disease modifying therapies for people living with multiple sclerosis. Before that there wasn’t anything available to help these people with their symptoms on a day to day basis,” said Jacqueline Sembor, Connecticut Chapter, NMSS.

After this bike ride and one scheduled for next Sunday, nearly $600,000 will be raised for the Connecticut chapter of the MS society.

“These last 10 years there have been tremendous strides with medications and treatments for people who have MS so they can lead amazing lives,” said  Stacy.

“A lot of our money also comes back to the state for programs and services we can offer to people who need help right now, today,” said Sembor.

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