Multiple Sclerosis can attack anyone at any time…but it won’t attack itself.
Many adults peak athletically in their mid-20s; for Louisiana native Lauren Rolston Jacobs, this was no different. By the age of 23, Lauren was already a half-ironwoman and had run three marathons. However, unlike most adults, Lauren’s feet began to go numb as she biked and ran, and fatigue required her to take six hour ‘naps’ after her long runs. Each month, more than 800 Americans are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). At 24 years old, Lauren became one of those 800 for January 2009.
With the diagnosis, Lauren was welcomed into a new family: the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Society contributes to MS research, advocacy, education and helping those suffering with MS. One major source of funding for the society is Bike MS, the premier fundraising cycling series in America. There are more than 100 rides nationwide. A key component of the rides is the fundraising requirement for riders. Riders must raise a certain amount in order to participate.
Through generous donations in 2009, I raised $250 to ride 75 miles in the Louisiana Bike MS event. With a cause and friend so dear to me, I wanted to ride for MS again. I am signed up to Ride Virginia on June 2-3 – a 150-mile route from Williamsburg to Richmond and back. In order to ride, I must raise $275. I am writing to ask for your contribution to this cause and my ride.
To donate with a credit card online, visit my personal fundraising site. You can also send a check made out to the National MS Society. Be sure to put my name in the memo area of the check. The check can be mailed to: National MS Society, 4200 Innslake Dr., Suite 301, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
Lauren has ridden in two Bike MS events herself. She completed the 2009 and 2011 Bike Louisiana, and she plans to ride in the 2012 BP MS 150 in Texas. I have had the pleasure to go on many training rides with Lauren, and her positivity and fun-loving spirit never cease to make me realize just how strong she is. I’ll never forget one ride I was on with her and her family. When I mentioned my feet were losing sensation from riding so long, Lauren laughed, “Mine have been numb the whole time!”
Lauren currently works as a geologist for Apache Corporation in Houston, TX. We think Lauren ROCKS (no pun intended) and you would, too! Thank you so much for your time, consideration and donation. For an article on Lauren from the New Orleans-based paper The Times Picayune, click here.
Christine Derbins; firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Please remember that no donation is too small. And if you’re unable to give financially, I just ask that you help spread the awareness! Donations are tax deductible. 🙂