Power Pedalers Bike 300 Miles in Alabama Dam Ride to Beat MS

| September 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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By Donna Cope

When he’s ridden 100 miles on his bicycle and feels like he can’t go another 10 feet, Steve Cabeza reminds himself, “this is a breeze.”

For inspiration, he remembers every person he knows who has multiple sclerosis (MS). Those folks are the ones for whom Cabeza and the Power Pedalers team summon their last ounce of strength to keep on riding.

It’s all part of the seventh-annual Dam Ride to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. MS is a chronic, sometimes debilitating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with the nerves that communicate between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms vary widely – some people may lose the ability to walk and others may experience long remissions without new symptoms. Common symptoms include fatigue, weakness, numbness or tingling, vision problems, and cognitive changes. About 1 million people in the U.S. have the disease.

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