Hey everybody... So I was hoping to appeal to the generous nature of the members of the board. I am participating in the MS150 this April. It is a bike ride from Houston to Austin over the course of a weekend. Its actually about 180 miles but there are several MS150's all over the country(averaging 150 miles) and I am fortunate to have one here in Houston. The one I am riding in will have about 13,000 riders. It is a truly an exciting endeavor and all for a wonderful cause. I am riding with the team from Texas Children's Hospital. And I need to raise at least $500.00 to be able to participate. Every cent I raise goes toward research and treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. For those that don't know, MS is a terrible neurological disease. Basically, it is a chronic destruction of the nerve tissue throughout the body, specifically the myelin sheaths that cover the actual nerve cell. Because the disease affects every person differently, the course it takes is very unpredictable. One day they might feel tingling, the next, they might have difficulty walking. After that, they might be asymptomatic. Without proper treatment and medication, it cannot be controlled and will always become worse. Nerves affect everything our bodies do and because of that, it will eventually affect breathing, swallowing, and other various bodily functions. Eventually kidney failure, malnutrition, and other infections will make living unbearable. The unpredictable nature of MS is what truly takes a toll on it's sufferers. My cousin Nina, has been suffering from this disease since she was an early teenager. The severity has waxed and waned in her situation. She used to be wheelchair bound, but thanks to some wonderful doctors, they found a workable combination of medications and she lives a mostly normal life. She walks and does everything someone who doesn't suffer from it can do. Not everyone is so fortunate. Its for those less fortunate people, that I am raising money and riding for this cause. It is also a personal fitness goal for me to ride this challenging distance. I've attached a link to the donation page to make it easy. https://secure3.convio.net/nmss/sit...TYPE=20&JServSessionIdr004=o3uoj106m2.app323a The minimum donation amount is $5.00. That is not much at all and I could really use the help. I really appreciate any and all support you guys can give!