Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ride to Help Michael Wright & Multiple Sclerosis

Accept the Challenge - Bike Ms

Our friend and former employee Michael Wright has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). He is one of the most genuine individuals you will come across and we are going to do as much as possible to help him. Below is the info to participate in Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride or to make a donation. Michael's brother, Nicholas Jensen, will be riding for the love of his brother and to help people living with MS. Our strength goes out to Mike and his family.

I am thankful for you.
Tears fall reading your words.
I love you Brother.

Here are a few sweet words from Michael...
For Roger:
"a mentor, a coach, a friend, full of sincerity and honesty who knows how to laugh." 
For OTS:
"the foundation of teamwork and respect in a workplace."

Accept the Challenge - Bike Ms
On September 25 - 26, 2010, I'm joining more than a thousand cyclists for the Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride. This two-day bike ride isn't a race, but it does raise money in the race to find the cure for multiple sclerosis.

As some of you know, my mom had MS and my brother was recently diagnosed with MS. I'd love to see my brother cured of the disease. This is the only way I know how I can try to make that happen.

Last year cyclists raised over $1.5 Million to help the 20,000 Northern Californians living with MS, a degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Researchers are making progress, but the cause and cure are still over the horizon. And that's why I saddle up to ride.

With this journey, I'm helping the National Multiple Sclerosis Society fund research to find the cause, cure and treatment of MS. My participation also helps support services for people affected by MS. My fundraising supports the ride's 2009 goal of $1.75 million.

Please help people living with MS in our community by making a one-time, tax-deductible donation. Click on the link at the bottom of this message to visit my personal page to make a donation. Any amount you feel comfortable giving is deeply appreciated.

With your support, we can make a positive impact today in the lives of 20,000 men, women and children with multiple sclerosis. Thank you!

Click here to visit Nicholas Jensen's personal page
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Click here to visit the page for Team Mike's Bikes
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Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
Our postal address is:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017

Monday, August 9, 2010

Portland Bound to The United Bicycle Institute

If there is one thing I have learned through the 10 years I have serviced bikes rolling through the front door of our shop, it's that every bike has its own personality and kinks to work out. There are moments where you think you have seen every component and service situation known to man, and then a new one rolls through the door. Bike maintenance is a non-stop addiction for progression. With that said, I will be in Portland at the United Bicycle Institute for the next two weeks to receive a professional certification as a bike mechanic and take in as many details as possible.

Having Portland rated as the #1 cycling city in America doesn't hurt to get more ideas for our community and some more riding in as well. Not to mention how beautiful the drive up the coast is through the Redwoods. More updates soon. For now, here are a few photos I shot on the way up...
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