Nova Scotia

Cyclists ride to raise money for MS fight

Dozens of cyclists are travelling through the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia this weekend in support of those with multiple sclerosis.

Supporter says fundraising has made a big difference in the lives of those with MS

Cyclists are biking through the Valley to raise money for MS research. (MS Society Atlantic)

Dozens of cyclists are travelling through the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia this weekend in support of those with multiple sclerosis.  

The annual MS Bike Tour, began at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Windsor.  

Gavin Giles and his team have raised about $44,000 in support of the cause. He has been participating for the past 10 years.

Giles says one of the reasons he takes part is because someone close to him was diagnosed with the illness.  

"People do, really now, have a fighting chance to carry on a normal life even with MS and you see many MS patients in the ride, actually doing the ride, the whole thing as if they had no limitations at all," Giles said.  

"In fact, in many respects, they don't have any limitations because of the advancements that have been made with respect to technology over the last three or four decades. All of that is directly attributed to the funding that is available."  

Participants will spend Saturday night at Acadia University then ride back to Windsor in the morning.  

MS is a progressive neurological disease that varies greatly from person to person but may include symptoms such as dizziness, cognitive impairment, spasms, and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.  

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