It’s Valentine’s Day and we are celebrating…BIG!!
Our boss Andy has Multiple Sclerosis. He’s been living with MS for over ten years and is proof that there’s a way of still leading a healthy, productive life. To this day he still passionately operates Go-Where Scotland with his wife Aneela and our awesome team of guides and he gets outside into the Scottish mountains as often as he can as part of his therapy.
MS is an ‘incurable’ degenerative and disabling neurological disease affecting the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves of almost 2.5 million people worldwide. It usually causes attacks of neurologic symptoms including vision loss, paralysis, numbness, bladder problems and walking difficulties. It’s still a mystery why it happens but it’s caused when the body’s own immune system attacks and damages the Myelin, a complex substance that surrounds and insulates nerve fibres, and reduces the ability of the brain and spinal cord to transmit signals. There is no medical cure for MS.
Stoked on MS
But all is not lost! There’s a growing community living with MS who believe there is an alternative way of managing the disabling effects of MS. It is not a pill or an injection – it’s a set of lifestyle changes and holistic strategies that have been thoroughly researched, tried and tested. A set of changes that will help the healing power of the mind and body to work together. Andy’s organisation STOKED ON MS is a way of creating dialogue with people about these alternatives. Overcoming MS (OMS) is a charity established to promote a positive lifestyle programme that aims to help people with MS live long, healthy lives. OMS is committed to improving the lives of people with MS by providing the tools to enable recovery and to them. So far you’ve helped raise more than £20k for Andy’s charities and as a thank you, he’s made his acclaimed documentary about his battle with Multiple Sclerosis – ‘This Way Up’ – available for all to view on YouTube and Vimeo.
Stoked on Santa Cruz
Hold on, there’s more. A lot more actually. Buy your loved one (or yourself!) a raffle ticket for £5 for your chance to own and ride a unique piece of mountain biking history. A one-off fully custom mountain bike designed and created by Santa Cruz Bicycles – a beautiful Bronson in aid of Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. So much love in this bike. Check out the detail, it’s incredible.
p.s. there’s lots more goodies to go with it too thanks to our friends at Endura, EVOC, Shimano, Fox and WTB. Raffle closes April 15th. Please share and spread the love. Buy raffle tickets here: https://www.justgiving.com/stokedonmsbronsonraffle 🙏🏽