Chris Ramsey

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Challenges Come. No Suffering Here.

2020 has not, as yet, inspired enthusiasm.  One challenge has followed another.  Cykelnerven has been moved to the Fall, and I will be unable to attend.  Regardless, I would not be able to participate this year.  Not because of COVID-19, nor because of MS.  This time testicular cancer has weighed in.  Surgery is coming in just a few days, and then a month completely off the bike while further treatment is assessed (hopefully just monitoring after a completely successful surgery!).  

I have been grateful to have been able to continue to help injured people through my career as a physical therapist through this pandemic.  Now, more than ever, we could all use a helping hand.  So many voices have come out supporting me as I take on this next challenge.  I am utterly grateful and astounded.

I would like to share a recent quote that has entered my life.  It has become something of a mantra.
"Pain is thrust upon us at times in this life.  Suffering is voluntary."  from The Man on the Mountaintop.

I hope this finds you very much not suffering on your journey, wherever you may be, and regardless of pain along the way.  Even when the going gets hard, if not impossible.  Another quote from the same book - "Embrace failure - it has come to help you grow."  
We can do this.

Facebook: My Sport vs Multiple Sclerosis

I'm sure there will be overlap here, but please follow my journey on my facebook page dedicated to #MSvsMS

 

https://www.facebook.com/MSvsMS/

 

See you on the road!

 

-chris

The Next Chapter in the Fight Against MS

Hi there!

Thanks for coming to my page! In June of 2020, I will take part in one of the world's toughest cycling fundraisers: the Cykelnerven. Literally "The Nerve to Ride", this event raises funds for the the MSIF, or MS International Federation (the global version of National MS Society in the United States). 

The MSIF becomes my third charity in the pursuit to defeat Multiple Sclerosis - an unpredictable neurological disease I began battling in 2008.  Back then I chose to take the fight to MS, and today I continue to use my sport (now cycling) as my best defense against it.  Much needed research to find a cure has definitively found the benefits of exercise - including high intenstiy exercise - to inhibit the progression of MS.  Since contracting my disease, I have still qualified multiple times for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.  Retiring from triathlons ins 2014 after more than 20 years in the sport, I then become the first and only athlete with MS to ever solo the grueling 930-mile (~1500km) time trial known as the Race Across the West in 2018.  Dream.  Dream BIG.  

Now it is time to take on Cykelnerven.  Cykelnerven is famed as Europe’s most unique and challenging charity cycling event. I'll be riding more than 400km over the very toughest mountain climbs of the 2020 edition of the reknown Tour de France.

I cannot believe the support through all these years in those who share my fight, or simply care for my cause - to find a cure so that should my son ever face this disease himself.  It is my duty, and my passion, to do this.  I cannot do this alone.  I cannot conqour this disease.  But I can provide inspiration.  I can provide motivation.  I can provide a shoulder to lean on.  Perhaps together we can help put an end to this disease I had a 1-in-1000 chance of getting, but my son (because I have it) has a 1-in-40 chance of getting.  

Please - if you have made it this far, consider a donation.  Please share this page.  Spread the word that MS is a terrible disease, but one that can be fought.  Personally, I'm fighting it with My Sport vs Multiple Sclerosis (#MSvsMS).

Thank you for your support.  I simply cannot express aptly my gratitude for your kindness and generosity.

All the very best,

-chris

My Achievements

Self Donated

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Raised 500

Raised 1000

Raised 5000

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Thank you to my Sponsors

$30

Ted Macmahon

Behind you all the way, my friend!

$100

Tanya Anderson

$52

Terry Mckeon

I miss you buddy. You inspire from afar. I can’t wait to follow you on this next adventure keep posting your struggles and successes love Crazy Terry

$130

Gary Geissler

Crush this ~ ❤️☑️

$135.20

Christine Cha

For you, just another step in the Hero’s journey.

$260

Skip Mckee

Kick the shit out of this, Chris. Just like everything else.

$20.80

Suzi Robinson

Thinking about you, Chris. You are an incredibly strong and inspirational person. Sending healing energy your way!

$31.20

Erin Collins

Since our triathlon days, I have been with you every single pedal stroke of the way-- you are such an inspiration!

$135.20

Juergen

Viel Glück und Gesundheit

$265

Chris Ramsey

$52

Meg Anderson

McLean

$515

Heide Wiegel

$135.20

Heide Wiegel

$20.80

Patricia Sampson

$208

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