Riders to pedal for MS Society

Todd  Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Janet Gritter will be pedaling Sept. 26 and 27 as part of Bike MS: BB&T Tour to Tanglewood.

Gritter, procurement supervisor at Honda Aircraft Company in Greensboro, first rode in the Tour to Tanglewood two years ago after meeting Ron Booker, whose daughter
Erica had died at age four from complications related to MS.

Last year, Gritter helped organize Team HondaJet for the charity bike ride, enlisting 15 employees and their family members and friends as team members who raised over $6,000 to support the Central North Carolina chapter of the National MS Society.

This year, Team HondaJet aims to more than double that total, and already has recruited 27 riders.

“I’m an avid bike rider, love the sport, but I also believe in contributing my services to benefit worthy causes like the National MS Society,” Gritter says.

Now in its 24th year, the two-day, 90-mile bike-riding event last year attracted 1,700 cyclists and raised over $1.12 million.

This year’s event aims to recruit 2,000 cyclists and raise $1.2 million in donations.

Operating with an annual budget of $2.4 million and a staff of 15 people, the local MS Society chapter serves 2,300 people with MS in 15 counties, providing educational
programs, self-help groups, financial assistance and loans of equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs for people living with the disease.

MS, which affects over 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million throughout the world, most of them ages 20 to 50, and more than twice as many women as men, interrupts the flow of information to the body from the brain and stops people from moving.

Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

After Tour to Tanglewood, the chapter’s biggest fundraising event consists of an MS Walk each spring in Asheboro, Kernersville and Reidsville.

BB&T is the title sponsor for Tour to Tanglewood and VF Corporation is presenting sponsor. Bicycle Shops is supporting training rides and technical support, managing the routes and redeeming gift certificates for cyclists.

For information or to register, visit bikencc.nationalmssociety.org or call 336-299-4136.

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