Cactus & Crude riders to take on MS

MIDLAND — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites West Texas to hop in the saddle and pedal toward a world free of Multiple Sclerosis during Bike MS: Cactus & Crude Ride 2013, presented by Apache Corporation, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21. The annual two-day fundraising ride is fully supported from start to finish and features a scenic route from Midland to Post. Registered cyclists commit to raise a minimum of $250 to fund MS education, programs, services and research that directly impact the lives of those affected by the disease. "Bike MS is an exciting opportunity for cyclists, sponsors, volunteers and people living with multiple sclerosis to connect to one another and our mission," said Lyndee Groce, development manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in West Texas. "The camaraderie and shared experience of raising awareness and funds makes the weekend truly special experience. With each mile behind us and each dollar raised, we are moving closer to a cure." Bike MS: Cactus & Crude Ride kicks off on Saturday, July 20 from Midland and travels through the byways and highways of the Permian Basin area, cruising into Big Spring for an overnight celebration at the SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf. On Day 2 of the ride, cyclists will witness the dramatic scenery of West Texas as they head to Post to cross the finish line. Registration is $35 now and will increase to $45 on June 1. Registered cyclists are required to commit to a minimum fundraising pledge of $250. Visit to register to ride, form a team, volunteer or make a donation.Bike MS is geared to riders aged 12 years and older and various cycling levels — novice to more experienced. Additionally, the National MS Society depends on committed volunteers to ensure Bike MS is an enjoyable and well-managed event. Individuals interested in volunteering can go to for information and to register as a volunteer.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. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.