On Saturday, June 29, approximately 3,000 residents from Denver and the surrounding areas came together to cycle in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) Newmont Bike MS 2013 Colorado ride in support of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Among those pedaling in this year’s ride was Steve Schade, a Highlands Ranch resident who is living with MS.
Steve rode a tandem bicycle captained by Olivia Dillon, a member of the NOW and Novartis for MS professional women’s cycling team, to support the Together in MS campaign. Together in MS is a partnership between Phil Keoghan, host of “The Amazing Race” and founder of No Opportunity Wasted (NOW), and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. The dynamic campaign, now in its third year, seeks to inspire the MS community by showing that MS does not have to define or limit the aspirations of the more than 400,000 people in this country who are living with the disease.
Regina Lyalls, a dedicated mother and professional, who is living with MS, and Alison Powers, also joined Steve and Olivia for the tandem ride. Regina and Steve are an inspiration to many of those in the MS community, and they hope to encourage others living with MS that they can still accomplish great things.
Since 2011, the Together in MS tandem cycling teams have ridden approximately 1,000 miles at 15 National MS Society Bike MS events across the country to help raise awareness of MS in local communities. Together in MS will participate in a series of five Bike MS rides across the country in 2013. For more information about this unique campaign, please visit www.TogetherinMS.com.
(Photo information) Left to right: NOW and Novartis for MS team members Alison Powers, Regina Lyalls, Steve Schade, and Olivia Dillon