Pair From Chicago To Ride 1000 Miles To Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Research

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Pair From Chicago To Ride 1000 Miles To Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Research
Lauren Smith, a resident of Chicago, organizes MS Pedal to the Metal, a 1000-mile bike ride between Chicago and Boston that has raised over $9,000 to date to benefit the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis.
 
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 2, 2006 -- Lauren Smith, a resident of Chicago, organizes MS Pedal to the Metal, a 1000-mile bike ride between Chicago and Boston that has raised over $9,000 to date to benefit the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis.
 
Conceived and spearheaded by Mr. Smith, MS Pedal to the Metal is a multi-state bicycle ride between Chicago, IL and the Boston, MA office of Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Leaving on June 16, 2006, the ride will pass through Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Joined by Eric Karls of Chicago, the team will make the trip in nearly two weeks, stopping at cities along the way to spread the word. MS Pedal to the Metal is expected to raise over $20,000 with all proceeds benefiting The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis in their mission to cure Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by determining its causes.
 
Mr. Smith's father was diagnosed with MS nearly ten years ago. Since then, the effects of MS have quickly come upon his father. "This is a difficult thing for a son to see, but my Dad's great will and positive attitude have been an absolute inspiration to his family and friends," says Mr. Smith. "It is this refusal to give up that has driven me to help find a cure for MS. Hope for a cure and love for life has kept me and, more importantly, my Dad going through this frustrating disease."
 
Mr. Smith believes that Accelerated Cure Project is his father's best chance for a cure. "The approach they are taking in finding a cure makes perfect sense - get researchers across the world to work together and determine a cause. Once they can accomplish that, the cure won't be too far behind." Lauren Smith and Eric Karls both live in Chicago with their wives. Lauren is employed by Two Degrees Consulting and Eric is a teacher at St Isaac Jogues School in Hinsdale, IL.
 
For more information or to make a donation to MS Pedal to the Metal, visit http://expansion.acceleratedcure.org/mspedal. Information about the ride route, fundraising events, and more can be found on the web site. All of the money raised through pledges, sponsors and donations will go to Accelerated Cure Project. This event is made possible by Midway Machining & Tool Co., Inc. and other generous donors.
 
About Accelerated Cure Project
 
Accelerated Cure Project for MS (ACP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate efforts toward a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) by rapidly advancing research that determines its causes and mechanisms. We provide biomedical researchers with resources that catalyze open scientific collaboration and enable them to explore their novel research ideas rapidly and cost-efficiently. ACP’s strategic initiatives include the Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum and the ACP Repository, a large-scale collection of highly-characterized biosamples available to scientists at any organization conducting research that contributes to our mission. All results generated through analysis of Repository samples and data are contributed back to the ACP Repository Database, resulting in an increasingly valuable and comprehensive information resource that can be analyzed to reveal new insights about MS. To date, ACP has enrolled almost 3,000 participants into the Repository through a network of 10 MS clinical centers across the United States. The samples provided by people with MS and related disorders have supported more than 60 research studies worldwide and generated more than 150 million returned data points.
 
For more information about the Accelerated Cure Project or to make a corporate or individual donation, visit http://wwww.acceleratedcure.org, or send an email to info@acceleratedcure.org.
 
About Multiple Sclerosis
 
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system that often results in severe disability including the inability to walk, blindness, cognitive dysfunction, extreme fatigue, and other serious symptoms. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and two million individuals worldwide. The disorder occurs twice as often in women as in men. What causes MS is undetermined and no cure has yet been developed.