Tuckerton, N.J., Helping to Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

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The National MS Society/New Jersey Metro MS Chapter Announces Open Registration for its Second Annual Tuckerton Launch of the "Coast the Coast" Bike Tour to take place May 17, 2009. Cyclists will ride 85 miles to Cape May, in support of New Jersey Metro MS, which reinvests its proceeds into research and treatment for the disease of multiple sclerosis.

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Southern Ocean County residents can join in the movement to free the world of multiple sclerosis by entering the 85-mile bike tour that begins May 17 at Pinelands Regional School in Tuckerton and ends in Cape May.

  • Registration now open!

For the past 17 years, Tuckerton has been the half- way point for cyclists participating in the 170-mile leg of the Bike MS "Coast the Coast" ride. During that time the town has been a strong ally in helping those living locally with this disease.

Pinelands Regional Middle School has hosted Bike MS participants for nourishment and an overnight stay for more than 15 years. School staff has prepared food and shelter to keep cyclists comfortable for the night, and students have decorated the school halls with inspirational messages. The efforts of those in Tuckerton have been critical to the success of the event.

The 2009 ride will mark the second year that the Tuckerton Seaport will aid in the movement in supporting those living with MS. They will once again host the end-of-day-one dinner party for cyclists. Also, cyclists will have the opportunity to enjoy the historic Tuckerton Creek and explore the many exhibits at New Jersey's premier maritime village. The Seaport will host a pig roast, catered food, beer, bluegrass music, boat rides and tours for all to enjoy after cycling 85 miles.

  • Register May 17

Sunday, May 17, riders can check in or register on site at 7 a.m. at the school, and the bike ride will begin at 8 a.m. and end in Cape May later that afternoon. This ride is the second leg of the 170-mile "Coast the Coast" Bike MS, which begins on May 16th at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Some riders will complete the full 170 miles, but this is the second year that the New Jersey Metro chapter has held a separate registration and new starting point in Tuckerton for riders who wish to do just the second half of the ride.

Every hour, someone is diagnosed with MS; a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. More than 13,000 people are diagnosed with MS in New Jersey alone, with over 400,000 people nationwide. Each year, Bike MS invites all members of the community to "Coast the Coast," with rides of various mileage appropriate for families and serious cyclists alike. Bike MS offers both one-day and two-day ride options.

  • Funds raised go to research and treatment

Funds raised from events sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society New Jersey Metro Chapter, such as the Bike MS "Coast the Coast" Ride on May 16-17 and Walk MS on April 19, are reinvested directly into MS research and into New Jersey-based MS programs and services for everyone whose lives are touched by MS. Last year, these two events earned a combined total of more than $2 million for MS research and programs based right here in New Jersey. Whether walking or cycling, the goal is the same - moving towards a world free of MS.

For more information on MS, or to register, donate or volunteer for the Bike MS "Coast the Coast" ride and Walk MS," or for information about New Jersey Metro programs, call 732-660-1005, or http://www.nationalMSsociety.org/njm.

The National MS Society is a movement by and for people with MS. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education and provides programs and services that help people with MS and their families to move their lives forward. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.

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