October is here. That means that Bike MS NYC 2023 is coming to town. Team Guys & Dolls rides again! This special event completely shuts down motorized traffic on the West side of Manhattan for one day only in order to raise money for a cause very near and dear to my heart: the National MS Society.
- What: Bike MS NYC 2023
- Where: Manhattan
- When: Sunday, October 22nd
Bike MS NYC 2023
I’ve told this story before but it bears repeating. When we started riding for Bike MS more than 20 years ago, it was to support my lovely sister-in-law Diane. We rode in hopes of finding a cure for this terrible disease. When Diane lost her life to COVID three years ago, we switched over to honoring her memory by raising money to help others who fight MS every single day.
What You Can Do to Help
This year, Team Guys & Dolls set a pretty lofty goal. But I believe in aiming high. We want to raise $5000. But we need your help to do so. Please click the donate button above. This takes you to my fundraising page on the Bike MS website. Once there, you can donate $35, $50, $100 or more. Everything collected goes directly to the National MS Society.
$500 provides a person living with MS six months of valuable one-on-one counseling services. $1000 outfits a vehicle with modifications that help someone living with MS continue to operate their car themselves, providing them the dignity and independence everyone deserves. $2500 grants 10 people access to their own personal MS Navigator. These Navigators assist in finding goods and services that specifically fit an individual’s needs. $5000 funds an Ask an Expert webinar program. Through just one webinar, thousands of people living with MS and their caretakers learn valuable information and gain access to resources to help make their lives a little easier. Please donate what you can today. Thank you.
Want to Ride?
We have a pretty tight core group at Team Guys & Dolls. But we accept new members with open arms. If you love to ride and would like to see some of NYC’s most iconic landmarks from one of the most unique perspectives ever, contact me about joining the team. We take practice rides to warm up for the big 30-mile trek later this month. You’re always welcome to join.
For most people, Thanksgiving means sitting down with your loved ones over a wonderful meal and sharing the blessings they received throughout the year. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way. Statistics show that one in five adults suffers from a mental illness. So, chances are good that you know of someone with a mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness stated that 64% of people with mental health issues report that the stress of the holidays made them feel even worse. Instead of hiding these afflictions in the dark, we need to bring them out into the open. Westfield United by Light wants to provide a safe space for people to discuss their issues.
Westfield United by Light 2022
On Sunday, November 27th, the Westfield United Fund invites the public to join their United by Light event. They would love to see driveways and curbs outside of Westfield residences lit up with candles. The WUF sold special candle kits that included paper bags, candles, cups, and sand. At this time, though, they are all out of their kits. However, you can still participate by creating your own luminarias and setting them out on the 27th.
Money raised from those candle kit sales helps the WUF fund its crisis hotlines, grief support, and counseling programs. They also contribute to counseling programs provided by Jewish Family Services and our own YMCA. If you missed out on buying a candle kit, please consider donating to the WUF online here. Check with your employer to see if they offer matching donations as well.
If you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness, please consider participating in Westfield United by Light 2022. Let’s de-stigmatize mental health issues by showing our support. Thank you.