Showers Pass Pledges Support to Help create a world without Multiple Sclerosis

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By becoming an annual sponsor of Bike MS, the nation’s premier cycling fundraising series, Showers Pass brings together two of its greatest passions.

Showers Pass is very pleased to announce that it has signed on as an annual sponsor of the nonprofit National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The compelling vision of the National MS Society is easy to get behind: a world without multiple sclerosis. In addition to their good work, the National MS Society runs the premier fundraising cycling series in the nation, Bike MS.

Bike MS is for cyclists of all abilities and anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world without multiple sclerosis. Nearly 110,000 people participate in Bike MS rides every year. Bike MS rider-supporters can choose from among more than 100 extraordinary rides around the United States—and enjoy them all the more because the experience also helps save lives.

“This is a cause very close to my heart,” says Showers Pass president Kyle Ranson. “As a young man, I saw the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis firsthand as I watched a 20-year-old friend suffer from the disease. We’re thrilled to partner with the National MS Society and support critical research and resources for people affected by MS. And what better way than by going for a bike ride?”

Ranson has been a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, through involvement in the MS 150 in Houston, as a fundraiser for Bike MS in Portland, and as a board member of the Portland chapter of the National MS Society for several years.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce our new partnership with Showers Pass,” says Gene Palumbo, the National MS Society’s vice president of Bike MS. “We are pleased to gain the support of such a reputable company to help attract new cyclists, expand Bike MS relationships in the cycling industry, and drive fundraising revenue to benefit people living with MS.”

ABOUT SHOWERS PASS: Inspired by the challenging rides and variable conditions of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, Showers Pass has been combining high-performance materials with innovative functional design for cyclists since 1997. With our roots in high-performance waterproof-breathable outerwear, we’ve grown to offer a wide range of apparel and unique accessories for anyone who faces the elements, from city dwellers heading to the pub to pro cyclists heading to the top of L’Alpe d’Huez.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL M.S. SOCIETY: The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2013 alone, through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted $145.2 million to programs and services that improved the lives of more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested more than $48 million to support 380+ new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org

ABOUT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: An unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, MS interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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