Greetings and salutations my good friends, family members, distinguished guests, diplomats, technocrats, esteemed colleagues, Olympic athletes, fellow bird watchers and/all others:
I’m crazy. Yes. Let us not belabor the obvious. This year I have made the decision to participate in the Bike MS (previously known as the MS150) to benefit the National MS Society. This alone qualifies me for forced induction into any number of state-run mental facilities. But my team has also convinced me that I can ride a century (100 miles) on both September 8th and 9th as well. Yep, that’s 200 miles. I just pooped myself as I typed that number out. Believe it or not, my situation gets even more dire– Add to this to the fact that my team is totally kicking my butt in fund-raising, and you begin to see why I am so desperate. So I need your help!
My Aunt Janet Windey, awoke one April morning back in 1977 and could not see out of her left eye. After consulting her physician, a spinal tap was performed and it was determined that she had Multiple Sclerosis. Her doctor advised her that the chronic numbness, tingly sensations and general fatigue weren’t going anywhere and that she had better learn how to “live with it.” I would have been four years old at that time, and as a credit to her charisma I can honestly say that her nephew never once suspected that she was ever suffering. She was. And it fills my heart with joy to tell you that, thanks to cells extracted from the ovaries of some Chinese hamsters, this vibrant grandmother of two avoided the wheel chair-bound destiny that would have otherwise been waiting for her. It gets even better. In 2011 Aunt Janet was given the all clear by her physician and was advised that her MS was now in permanent remission. All because of a miracle drug called “Rebif” that was developed because of those Chinese hamsters that she takes three times a week. This is great news. And if you ask her, Aunt Janet will tell you “There is hope now because of medicine.”
I am emailing you today because Chinese hamsters do not work for free. And because I want to raise money as part of a campaign to make her story the norm. Currently, it is not. Yet. Please consider making a contribution with the link provided. I haven’t hit you up for money in a couple of years, and I promise I won’t again, for a couple more years. Lastly, I feel a need to throw in the sidenote that ordinarily my sister, Tina would be riding for Aunt Janet. But this year the ride falls on the same weekend as the MU-Georgia game. Sooooo, if you are searching for a way to be involved with this very noble cause, but don’t actually want to or cannot for some reason ride in it yourself, a financial contribution is a great way alternative!!