Monday, June 9, 2008

MS 150 Tour De Farms bike ride donation!

Dear friend,

I need your help.

-=A Major Bummer=-
As you may know, Multiple Sclerosis has touched my family directly. My sister, Ileana, and my dad, Carlos, have been living with MS for about 15 years. Ileana and Carlos can't walk anymore, they need help for self-care, communication, travel, even basic stuff like cooking a meal for themselves and anything that requires manual-dexterity, things you and I take for granted. And the toll on our family has been devastating over the last two decades. I recently met a man my age with the disease, and am constantly hearing about people with new diagnoses and we need to act NOW to give them help and hope with new research.

Luckily, we have a lot of great people working for us. There are doctors, research labs, state governments, legislators and average Joes out there doing so much for us every day. We have hope that new medical research will find some kind of treatment or a cure for MS, and government and volunteer programs that help with medical care and travel, and new treatments and clinical trials that are really starting to make progress, all of this carries our sprits along every day.

-=150 miles of sheer insanity=-
In two weeks, just 14 days, on June 20-22, myself and two thousand other bikers with similar stories of connections to MS, or some with just a crazy ambition to have a blast and raise money, are going to truck it out to DeKalb, Illinois, and we are going to bike ride 150 MILES to raise money to cure MS, rain or shine! (one hundred and fifty miles, HOLY COW!)

-=We need your help, big time, and NOW=-
This is where you come in. I am trying to raise $3000 to fight for MS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!
Obviously, any donation, no matter how small or large, will help. Your support isn't all we need, please send this letter anyone you might think could help. I encourage you to forward this.

-=Where it will go=-
With the money we raise, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter will provide programs and services for people with MS and fund research aimed at finding the cause and cure of the disease. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has raised and spent more than $460 million on research-related programs, allowing for phenomenal progress over the last ten years. My family and millions of others touched by this disease need your help, your sponsorship, which I KNOW will help find a treatment or cure for MS. If you would like to learn more about the research and programs supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit their website at

I truly appreciate your support because only together can we help people live with multiple sclerosis today and without it tomorrow.


Thank you so much,
-Daniel Rucci

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