I have been a longtime supporter of the fight against MS. On October 1 & 2, 2011 I will be participating in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual Coastal Challenge Bike Ride in Santa Barbara to raise awareness and funds for a future without MS. This will be my sixth time participating in this event. And due to generous supporters I have been a top fundraiser three times. I am riding for a very good friend who has MS, for your friends and relatives who might be sufferers, and for millions of others whom I don't know. By riding I help raise funds to help the MS Society support more MS research, offer more services for people with MS, provide more professional education programs and further more MS advocacy efforts. National MS Society funded research has so far developed six therapies for the treatment of MS. Unfortunately, the cause and the cure are yet to be discovered, so much more work is needed.

My personal fund-raising goal is $2,500. Please consider helping me achieve this goal by sponsoring my ride. It’s easy to make a difference – I have a fundraising page at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/nilsdavis2011 where you can make a (tax deductible) donation. The recommended pledge is 50 cents per mile, or $75, but you're welcome to pledge more or less, as your budget and ability to give allow. 79 cents of every $1 raised directly funds cutting-edge research, education, advocacy and local programs that enhance the lives of people with MS and their families.

So far MS is not preventable and there is no cure, although the MS Society has made progress in treatments for the disease. Those efforts have been funded in part by events like the Coastal Challenge ride. Your generosity and enthusiasm will not only help me reach my goal, but will also make a positive difference in the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people with MS across the country. Thank you in advance for your support.

I appreciate your support and look forward to letting you know how I do. Thank you so much on behalf of the National MS Society and people with MS!

That link again is http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/nilsdavis2011.

If you would like more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, how proceeds from the Bike MS: Coastal Challenge are used, or the other ways you can get involved in the movement to end MS, please visit nationalMSsociety.org/cal.

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