Team from Shepherd Center Is Cycling for a Cause
You can join them in making a difference with the Bike MS: COX Atlanta Peach Ride 2016
Shepherd Center staff, their families, friends and other supporters have once again formed a cycling team that has been raising funds to support multiple sclerosis (MS) research. Others can be a part of it, whether by joining the riding team, volunteering to help at the Bike MS event or donating to the cause.
The Shepherd-Mobility Works cycling team is led by Julie White, a case manager in the hospital’s Medical-Surgical, ICU and rehabilitation units. White's affiliation with Bike MS began in 2009 when she was a care manager at the National MS Society, Georgia Chapter. After transitioning to a new job, she continued her involvement by riding and fundraising for both Team Shepherd-Mobility Works and Team Drummond, which was formed in honor of her childhood friend Kevin Drummond, who has MS. There are 20 Shepherd Center employees on this year’s team, and so far in 2016, they have raised almost $15,000 to help fight MS.
"Making a difference in the lives of friends and other people with MS, and their supportive families, is why I ride and raise funds for MS research," White said. "In Georgia, the Bike MS event raises more than $1 million every year, and I am honored to be a part of that."
On Oct. 1-2, 2016, the team will be participating in the Bike MS: COX Atlanta Peach Ride 2016. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the ride features a new starting line at Blalock Lakes Sporting Club and community in Newnan, Ga., an overnight party in historic, downtown LaGrange, Ga., and the option of a one- or two-day ride. More than 1,000 cyclists of all skill levels will enjoy 30-, 60- and 100-mile route options with beautiful countryside and hospitality along the way.
Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. For more information about MS and the October Bike MS event, visit bikemsgeorgia.org. To make a donation or register for the Shepherd-Mobility Works team, which is open to non-employees as well, visit their team page.
More information about Shepherd Center's MS Institute is available here.
Written by Nicole Hunnicutt
Photos Courtesy of Julie White
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 935 inpatients, 541 day program patients and more than 7,300 outpatients each year.