Saturday, July 21, 2007

Everyone is joining the movement

Many people have joined the movement. My college friend Mike Beck recently participated in a MS 150 bike ride in Colorado. Read about why he did this by clicking here

My friend Todd Zabel participated in the Minnesota event. He and his team met their goal!

Friday, July 20, 2007

MS Camp MyMS blog

Welcome fundraising friends to myMS blog. I have several loosely connected articles about my MS experience, MS Camp, and some musings on health care in America. Since I have directed so many of you here to have a look at this site, I thought I would connect the dots. You will find as you scroll down, some of the articles I have written. And for those who know me, seeing the loose connections, random sometimes senseless disconnect articles and thoughts, you are merely saying, yes, this is the Doug Lyon we have come to know.

Many people with MS lose the ability to walk, eat, or care for themselves in other ways. Some of you may simply just think or say to yourselves that my behavior is typical of someone with MS. However, 1) given my disclosure about how little the disease is affecting me...(just about 5% of my vision in the left eye, optic neuritus) and 2) those knowing me for over 5 years (or 5 minutes) know that it is not the MS causing the behavior. It is just Doug. So welcome to my blog. Scroll down for a look at the smattering of my thoughts on camp, MS, managed health care, and feel free to comment. Please participate in my survey as well.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

2007 MS River Road Run Motorcycle Tour Ambassador

Doug Lyon, ambassador for the 2007 MS River Road Run Motorcycle Tour, believes it’s the little things that really make all the difference. “What everybody does is important, whether they are the top fundraiser or raise $200,” Lyon said. “We’re not all necessarily extraordinary people. We don’t need to do extraordinary things to help people. Little tiny things make a difference.”

Lyon was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago at the age of 38, just three years after getting his motorcycle license. After meeting MS River Road Run participants at a motorcycle show in Minneapolis, Lyon, who doesn’t actually own a motorcycle, decided to do something about his disease by taking part in the MS River Road Run. In Lyon’s first two years, he was the top fundraiser for the tour raising $10,623 in his first year and $12,000 in his second year.

Lyon borrowed a friend’s motorcycle the first few years, but said he loves riding so much he may purchase his own soon.

This year, in his fourth MS River Road Run Motorcycle Tour, Lyon encourages people to do whatever they can to make a difference. “MS strikes people in many different ways,” Lyon said. His inspiration as this year’s ambassador is the importance of the little things. “It’s important for people to tell their story of how they deal with things to inspire others.”