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.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Doug:

I think all the effort you put into fundraising and volunteering at the MS camp is certainly inspiring. You're a great ambassador. Good luck next month and be sure to have some fun!