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Andrew Merriam Pledge Night at Montana's

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Multiple Sclerosis Society, Grand Erie
Chapter MS Society and Montana’s Cookhouse presents Will You Fight?  

On July 15th at Montana's Cookhouse, 84 Lynden Road, Brantford, come out
and support Andrew Merriam who is doing the MS Bike ride from Grand Bend to
London. 10% of all purchases that evening will go to Andrew's pledges to EndMS!

Here is Andrew’s story:

My name is
Andrew Merriam. I am a 27 year old who works as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in
Brantford, Ontario. Born in Toronto, I moved to Brantford when I was six. My
entire life I have been physically active. I played several sports, was
involved with scouting, spent a lot of time outdoors with my family and friends
and, most importantly, I grew up playing hockey. And all of those activities
have one thing in common: my dad. He was by my side during every hockey
practice and every game – he was even a trainer for a few of the teams I played
for. He taught me everything I know about the game I love.

Two years ago,
my father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The disease primarily affects
his legs; it affects his balance, his walking, his ability to carry out
everyday activities. When we both realized he was no longer going to be able to
play hockey, that was the moment I decided I wanted to do everything I could to
help fight to end MS.

I had a good
friend Erika ride in the MS Bike last year in support of my dad and it was
extremely moving to watch as she raised a great amount of money for the cause.
Inspired by her actions, I’m excited to be a part of the event this year.

I have already
started to spread the word about the MS Bike, as well as the disease and its
effects. I am riding to spread the love and to raise funds to go towards
finding a cure. I am looking forward to riding alongside, and crossing the
finish line with, hundreds of other believers on July 25th. I would
love to one-day see a hockey stick back in my father’s hands. Let’s end MS, one
kilometer at a time.

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. While it is most often
diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 49, we know that it can affect younger
children and older adults. MS is unpredictable and can affect vision, hearing,
memory, balance and mobility. Its effects can be physical, emotional and
financial. Currently there is no cure but each day, researchers are learning
more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it. Never
before in the history of MS have we been so close to finding the cause and
developing truly effective treatments.

MS Bike is the largest series in North America. Since 1989, cyclists of
all ages and fitness levels have joined together for the MS Bike every year.
All you need is a bike and a passion to End MS to participate. Please visit www.msbike.ca to find
out how you can help Andrew fight MS!

For further information please contact donna.slater@mssociety.ca

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