It was a bike ride to save lives.
More than 68,000 Texans are affected by Multiple Sclerosis, and some of them are right here in our area.
June 21, many cyclists hopped on their bikes to pedal toward a cure.
Cyclist Andrea Shull says, "I have to do this. I have to finish."
Cyclist Steve Atchley says, "if I can do it, anybody can do it. Get up, get off the couch, get busy and get involved."
Bikers from all over the lone star state came to Canyon to ride for a cure for MS.
April Brownlee says, "this is the 27th bike ms event in the Texas Panhandle, it's our second year on this new route."
She says the community has come together to try and raise $120,00 to go toward multiple sclerosis research and services.
Nearly 300 volunteers and about 13 vendors also are contributing toward the effort.
Cyclist Lynn Pulliam says, "I think it sends a message that the general population cares about the affliction. They want them to hav a better life. And really, we want to find a cure and and we want to find a way to support them as they live with ms."
Shull says, "just the determination of keeping going knowing that people who have ms don't have a choice to quit. "
She tells us braving the wind was tough, but remembering what you're fighting for made crossing the finish line bitter sweet.
Ride the Rim had bikers riding around Palo Duro Canyon, but started and ended at WT.
Cyclists as young as 12 were able to go along for the ride, and there were even a couple of bikers riding with MS.
Cyclist Melanie Allen says, "people who don't have ms and are cyclists, they get to ride. And those of us who have ms, we win because they're working at making money to help find a cure for us. So, I just look at is as a win win for everyone."
Brownlee says, "they're just really gracious and i think really inspired that they're riding alongside someone who has MS. But then at the same time, I know those cyclists who are living with MS are inspired by the people who are out riding for them.'"
Brownlee tells us the event is a year in the making, and they were prepared for anything.
There were rest stops every 10 miles, nurses at every stop, support from law enforcement, bicycle mechanics on routes, and of course food, drinks and entertainment for everyone.
Cyclists are still taking donations for the Ride the Rim fundraisers for the next six weeks
If you're interested in donating, or for a list of future events, head over to biketexas.org
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