Friday I had the day off, I was supposed to ride a Fleche with some friends, but I didn’t. I injured my leg sometime earlier in the week and, as luck would have it, I got sick on Saturday. Nothing like spending the weekend in bed coughing while your friends are out there having fun. It sucks, truly. I don’t have much to complain about though.
See, for the most part, I’m pretty healthy. I don’t get sick all that often. When I do it seems to take me out of commission for a couple weeks though. Pretty lame. It reminds me of how easy I have it. My tough as nails wife always has something bothering her. Crohn’s, liver pain, kidney pain, you name it. She’s still able to get out and do things. Sometimes she needs to rest, but usually she works full time job with all of that shit. There’s nothing more humiliating than being taken out by a cough, while your wife is handling things much tougher 24-7. She is hands down the toughest person I know.
That brings me to another tough person. As I was laying in bed all weekend watching things like the complete season 3 of “Archer” and the classic movies “Coming to America” and “Trading Places” I kept thinking of Aaron Edge. Aaron is a fellow cyclist that was just diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I’ve only met Aaron 2x in person, but I really liked him. That was before MS affected him. So though Instagram I followed along as what started out as some hand pain started to affect his rides and runs. Then he had so much pain that he was on his back for days at a time. I watched it unfold as he tried to discover, and deal with, what was happening to his body. Read his interview here. He is my age so it really hit home. I’d just recently become aware of MS when my mom was diagnosed, but this was someone my age. Someone as active, maybe more so, than me. This hit really close to home. It made me even more focused than I was to do something to help fight MS.
One way to help is to help Aaron directly. Aaron helped coined the #FurtherFasterForever hash tag and an athletic community grew up around it. They have created a t-shirt and are selling it for $15. 100% of the proceeds will go towards helping with his mounting medical expenses. As luck would have it, he has no insurance. You can also donate more $$ if’n you have the means. Don’t be stingy.
The other way is to join my team for the SoCalBikeMS ride in October. We here at FrontageRoads headquarters (Me) have created a team and are looking for cyclists to ride with us and raise some money. As an incentive, I’ve got one pass for free registration left. It will go to the person that pledges to raise the most money by Friday. Drop me an email or leave it in the comments. If’n you don’t pedal, you can always donate to me as well. The team goal is to raise $10,000. We gotta start somewhere so anything and everything counts.
Oh, and Aaron hasn’t stopped with the creating hashtags business. He’s got a new one. One that I’ll be using from now on and you can too. Help me fight MS and give nice big #fuMS.