For Immediate Release: June 17, 2013
Cathy Hoover-Smith, CEO and Founder, (508) 832-2628
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Karen Hutner, PENTA Communications, Inc. (508) 616-9900 (112)
AUBURN _ A world free from multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, is the ultimate goal behind the various Bike MS rides held annually across the country.
Bike MS first began in 1980 after 200 cyclists rode the first Bike MS ride (formerly known as the MS Bike Tour or MS 150) from Minneapolis to Duluth. This inaugural race raised $33,000. In 1981, additional National MS Society chapters began holding their own Bike MS rides and, in 1985, the National MS Society adopted the ride as an official event which every chapter can hold each year.
Thousands of riders will participate in the Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway 2013 from June 29 – June 30, 2013. This is the largest MS ride in New England, which begins at UMass Boston on the morning of Saturday, June 29 and ends in Provincetown on Sunday, June 30.
Central Massachusetts business owner, Catherine “Cathy” Hoover-Smith, CEO and Founder of South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) will be riding for “Team Smithereens.”
“Team Captain Don Smith is my husband’s first cousin. His wife, Mary, was diagnosed with MS two months before travelling to China to bring home their two adopted twin sons. Both children were born with cleft palates, which required multiple surgeries,” Hoover-Smith said. “As you can imagine, dealing with becoming a new parent of twins and finding out you have MS is no easy challenge. Both Don and Mary have been very grateful for the work the MS Society does and the help they have given them along the way.“
According to Smith, “We’ve formed a team for Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway because we know that riding 150 miles over a period of two days is clearly not as difficult as confronting a lifetime with multiple sclerosis, and we wanted to help make a difference.”
While Hoover-Smith has participated in the Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway in previous years, this will be her first time riding since suffering an injury.
“The courage and love Mary and Don demonstrate inspire me even more,” Hoover-Smith said. “We will continue to hope for a cure to end this disease.”
All participating cycling teams are required to have a minimum fundraising goal of $500, and “Team Smithereens” is collectively looking to raise $10,000. They have already raised nearly $4,000.
“When I ride, I count my blessings that I can ride and think of those who can’t. When I struggle climbing a steep hill, I just think of putting one foot in front of the other and eventually I will get there,” Hoover-Smith said.
Hoover-Smith has set a personal fundraising goal of $500 and asks people to donate “as little as pocket change to as much as you can generously give.”
“I will get to the goal, one dollar at a time. What better way to give? The training has made me healthier and stronger. The funds I raise humble me when I see how generous people are and how eager they are to help,” she said, adding, “We all unite for a better tomorrow.”
Bike MS consists of over 100 cycling events across the United States. It is the largest organized charity bicycling event series in the country and, since its inception, has raised more than $600 million.
Information on how to donate directly to Hoover-Smith and “Team Smithereens,” may be found at: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/MAMBikeEvents?px=6750347&pg=personal&fr_id=19418
South County Physical Therapy, Inc. is dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. The organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in many ways over the years, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness within the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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