Thanks to all of you who have given friendship, support, and loyalty over the years. I am thankful to all of my friends, teammates, and workmates for making my life richer. I am thankful for my family in all their kaleidoscopic idiosyncratic beauty for making me the person that I am. I am thankful for the unquestionable love and support of my wife and the ball of love and energy that is my son. I am thankful for my continued good health which seems more a lucky twist of fate than the sword of Damocles hanging over me.
Next year marks my 20th year of living with Multiple Sclerosis. 20 years. It struck me just the other day the reality of that statement; the magnitude of it. Just like my initial diagnosis 20 years ago inspired me to get out into the world and make something of myself, this 20th anniversary has inspired me to try and give something back.
I have ridden a bicycle every day this year with the exception of two. No matter the weather or anything else, I have pedaled a bicycle at some point every day but those two. For my 20th MS anniversary, I have something bigger in mind.
Starting January 1st, 2011, I will start something that I can only think of as the MS365 Project. I want to take the gift of good health and mobility that I have been given despite having Multiple Sclerosis, and give something back to those who work to beat this disease. I have set rules for this project and they are as follows:
1. I will pedal a bicycle outdoors, every day of 2011 for at least 1 mile.
2. I will track all of my mileage in 3 categories - Commuting, Training and Racing.
3. I will ride a minimum of 3,650 miles in all 3 categories combined.
I want to raise awareness of people living with and fighting MS in our community and I want to raise money for the local chapter of the MS Society. I would like to set up a personal fundraising/donation site to help people with donating money in the name of this project. Besides people making straight donations, I would like to see donations along the lines of an amount per mile, or amount per day that I am able to ride. And that is about as fleshed out as this idea is at the moment. If you have any ideas, advice or want to help, by all means leave a comment or email me directly. I'm all ears.
And with that, I am thankful that a handful of people actually read the things that I write.