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A Crash Course in the History of Team Crash

The Bike MS tour is now 30 years old and Team Crash will participate for the 10th time this year. In that time the team has raised a 9 year total of almost $136,000 for research, program development, and services in the Pacific South Coast chapter.

Team Crash was organized by Kevin Gaffney, who close to twenty two years ago was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The team began in 2003 with only four (one had to cancel) members and raised a humble $1775. By 2005, the team grew to a total of twelve members and raised approximately $10,000. Growth was in the works and each year the team has continued to raise more. Our top year (so far) was 2010 when the total raised for the team topped out at $34,100 and 2011 brought in another $32,300. Will 2012 beat all that??

In addition to individual efforts, for the past five years Beachwood BBQ, a local Seal Beach restaurant, hosts an evening fundraiser for the team, with a portion of the night’s proceeds going toward the fundraising goal. Check Beachwood out at www.beachwoodbbq.com

2012 should bring close to 20 members of the team together for the ride. Some new, some past riders, even some with family fighting MS.

Our make up of riders mainly come from a mountain bike background. What started out as 3 mountain bikers has turned in to something not envisioned at the time. We will be making our 4th generation jersey this year to commemorate 10 years of Team Crash. Remember, we crash so you don’t have to. Join the team in any way you like. Go to http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/teamcrash to join or donate.

Team Crash and the MS Pacific South Coast Chapter

Team Crash’s contribution to the MS Society and the Pacific South Coast Chapter will benefit over 18,000 people in the Orange, San Diego and Imperial Counties. Expenditures on MS research in the local area total nearly $4 million annually, with 75% of the funds being raised by Bike MS, Walk MS and Challenge Walk MS.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.

While the cause (etiology) of MS is still not known, scientists believe that a combination of several factors may be involved. Studies are ongoing in the areas of immunology (the science of the body’s immune system), epidemiology (that looks at patterns of disease in the population), and genetics in an effort to answer this important question. Understanding what causes MS will be an important step toward finding more effective ways to treat it and—ultimately—cure it, or even prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Although there is still no cure for MS, effective strategies are available to modify the disease course, treat exacerbations (also called attacks, relapses, or flare-ups), manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and provide emotional support. In combination, these treatments enhance the quality of life for people living with MS.

Modifying the Disease Course

The following agents can reduce disease activity and disease progression for many individuals with relapsing forms of MS, including those with secondary progressive disease who continue to have relapses.