Fighting MS together

Nathan Liewicki
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Members of the Peters' Pedalers Plus pose for a picture at the K+S Bike ride's closing barbecue in Wakamow Valley on Sunday. The team, which includes Don Hand (red bib), who lives with multiple sclerosis, raised nearly $15,000 to go towards research of the disease. 

Their muscles ached, but their spirits were high.

After cycling 150 kilometres – 100 on Saturday and 50 on Sunday – members of Peters’ Pedalers Plus were enjoying burgers and sharing in conversation about what they’d just accomplished.

The 14-person team featuring 11 cyclists and three volunteers represented six Saskatchewan communities – Moose Jaw, Regina, White City, Radisson, Borden and Glenavon – at this weekend’s K+S MS Bike ride.

They also raised nearly $15,000.

During the six hours and 11 minutes spent on their bikes, the riders alternated who would ride at the front and back of the pack. There was just one rule for anyone not in the back.

“You weren’t allowed to spit,” said Peter Peters with a laugh.

Some of the cyclists were participating in the ride for first time, while others were riding for multiple sclerosis (MS) for the 21sttime.

Don Hand was a member of the team. The incoming principal at Riverview Collegiate also lives with MS.

Diagnosed in the spring of 2006, Hand said the first symptom of MS he felt occurred when “numbness gipped one side of my body.”

He’s taking betaseron to help him combat his MS symptoms, but he was not the only member of the team who has, or knows someone with MS..

A close friend of many members of the team was diagnosed 18 months ago.

“Sometimes they has trouble feeling, but since May they’ve learned to play the banjo,” said Peters.

Like many diseases, MS doesn’t discriminate. But with a strong team around them, people who live with MS can still enjoy the joys of recreation and camaraderie.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks 

Organizations: Radisson

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, White City

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