Texas MS sufferer cycles for charity

April 21, 2013 by  

Vicki Stewart from Mesquite, Texas is training hard for a charity bike race taking place early next month to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), despite having the condition herself.

Stewart was diagnosed with MS eight years ago, and people have taken part in the Bike MS Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride in her honor. Vicki has made the decision to complete the 100-mile trek to the Texas Motor Speedway, all the way from Frisco on May 4 – 5 as a member of Team MS4MS. The event will benefit the National MS Society.

Since the diagnosis, life has changed for Stewart, including moving to another job and the breakdown of her marriage. She has learned how to listen to her body and rests if she can feel an attack is imminent. According to Stewart, she has considered riding in the race but never actually did anything about it, until this year.

Training started in June last year, riding a stationary bike in the gym. Gradually, the training has progressed to a bike out on the roads. She still has a couple of attacks each year which set her back. The latest occurred on January 4 when Vicki was admitted to Baylor Dallas, a non-profit health care facility in the city.

Bike MS raises awareness of the condition and also generates funding for medicines. To promote the event, local banner printing services may be required to advertise sponsors for the event. Stewart is currently working hard to raise the $300 sponsorship required to take part.