Waves to Wine – Give up Some Money

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I have a friend in her early thirties.  Several years ago she discovered she had MS.     
At this point, her symptoms are minimal – but it’s obvious that even at this young age, the effects are setting in. 
Because she’s not just a friend, but an incredibly awesome person, she has other friends to help fight the battle in ways she can’t. 
Personally, I can barely ride a bike – at least not without crashing into a car (that’s a totally different story)…. But luckily, one of our friends can.  And she’s riding to raise money for MS. 
Whatever you give will help.  Even if each of you gave just 1 dollar, we’d raise a couple hundred bucks.  If each of you gave $5, we’d easily hit the $1000 mark and then and then and then some. 
Here’s the request:
Dear Friends & Family,
This is my eighth year participating in Waves to Wine, the bike ride from San Francisco through Sonoma County, to raise awareness and funds for MS research. This weekend I’ll be riding a total of 90 miles (40 on Saturday; 50 on Sunday). This year, our team of six riders will be cycling farther than ever before in Team TNT history, for a total of 840 miles!
I’m super excited about the event this year because I have never ridden this far in one weekend before. Despite my history with this event, I’m not a cyclist. In fact, I’ve only had my own bike since last year (I bought it the night before the ride). Before that, I rented a bike for the ride every year. So let me tell you: it’s a big deal doing the ride as a non-cyclist. It hurts. A lot. But it’s worth it. Waves to Wine is an awesome event and it’s for a great cause. I ride for my amazing father-in-law, Bernie, and my friends with MS. 
Thanks to the efforts of the MS Society and the dollars you donate, researchers are making great progress, but the cause and cure are still over the horizon. Last year, cyclists and volunteers raised almost $1.6 million. This year, with the registration being the largest ever, we hope to hit the $1.75 million mark.  Please help me meet my fundraising goal by making a tax-deductible contribution. Small or large, all contributions are appreciated! 
Whatever you can give will help! I really appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks in advance for your support! I will even oblige those who are interested with unflattering shots of myself in biking spandex, which–even if you don’t know me–are good for a laugh. 
Nikki
P.S. If you would like more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, how proceeds from the MS Bike Tour are used, or the other ways you can get involved in the fight against MS, please visit http://www.facebook.com/l/;nationalmssociety.org.
 
Click here to get to my personal page and make a secure, online donation.
To send a donation: Make all checks payable to: National MS Society and mail to: Nikki Jong 1265 Washington St Apt 5 San Francisco, CA 94108. Don’t forget to keep your copy of the check for tax records!

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