Vernon and Graciela Moore of the 1800 block of Millwood just finished riding the BP MS150! The BP MS150 is a two day bicycle ride from Houston to Austin benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This was Vernon’s 5th time to complete the ride and Graciela’s 4th time.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. MS is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. This means the immune system incorrectly attacks the person’s healthy tissue. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it.
MS is not considered a fatal disease as the vast majority of people with it live a normal life-span. But they may struggle to live as productively as they desire, often facing increasing limitations. Approximately 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. World-wide MS affects about 2.5 million people.
Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require U.S. physicians to report new cases, and because symptoms can be completely invisible, the numbers can only be estimated.
Vernon and Graciela Moore raised a combined $4,021.00 for the MS Society. The money goes to funding research and supporting those with MS.
If you would like to donate, you can donate online at:
Or send a check to 2011 BP MS 150, National MS Society, P.O. Box 4125, Houston, TX 77210-4125. Make checks payable to the NATIONAL MS SOCIETY and include either Vernon or Graciela’s name & BP MS 150 in the memo section of each check.