New Braunfels, TX (PRWEB) April 5, 2007
Employees from The SCOOTER Store, America's leading supplier of power chairs and scooters, will be kicking into high gear later this month to raise money for multiple sclerosis (MS). For the second year in a row, The SCOOTER Store is a Platinum Sponsor of the BP MS 150 Bike Tour, a two-day cycling adventure from Houston to Austin sponsored by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
More than 12,000 cyclists will start in Houston and end the first leg of the ride for an overnight stay in La Grange, Texas. The next day, participants cycle through the rolling countryside of Texas to the finish line in the capitol city of Austin. In all, the cyclists will have pedaled more than 180 miles to raise money to help fight MS.
The event is the largest MS 150 Bike Tour in North America, and the biggest non-profit cycling ride in Texas. Doug Harrison, CEO and founder of The SCOOTER Store, said this is the company's fourth consecutive year to participate in the annual ride.
"Our level of sponsorship and participation shows our commitment to helping not only Texans living with this debilitating disease, but those across the United States," Mr. Harrison said. "My wife, Susanna, and I are always thrilled to be among the thousands of cyclists participating in this worthy cause." Mr. Harrison said he was also excited that Mike Pfister, the former president of The SCOOTER Store, will also join their team for the bike ride.
Also participating with the 49 employees of The SCOOTER team will be Dan and Scott Meuser, owners of Pride Mobility Products Corp., one of the leaders in the design, development and manufacture of power mobility equipment. In total, the cyclists expect to raise more than $25,000 for the MS Society. The SCOOTER Store will also contribute $30,000 in power scooters and power chairs to the Lone Star Chapter, allowing people suffering from MS to maintain their independence and dignity.
"The partnership with The SCOOTER Store is a tremendous benefit to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter and the people we serve," said Mark Neagli, President/CEO of Lone Star Chapter of the National MS Society. "Not only does the partnership raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, it also helps on the local level by providing equipment for our clients, enhancing their quality of life."
Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that strikes the central nervous system. The body attacks the fatty tissue that protects nerve fibers. This disorder disrupts the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain, producing various symptoms. The exact cause of MS is not known. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, founded in 1946, is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of the disease.
About The SCOOTER Store
Since 1991, The SCOOTER Store has helped provide freedom and independence to more than 280,000 people with limited mobility. The SCOOTER Store offers a full line of durable medical equipment, including power wheelchairs and scooters, lifts, ramps and accessories through 47 states, including seven locations in Texas. The SCOOTER Store has worked with more than 100,000 physicians, providing expertise and quality service to their patients, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. For additional information, visit The SCOOTER Store website at http://www.thescooterstore.com.