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Living Backwards, Still Moving Forward

April 25, 2012

Diane Petersmark, with Danny Altenburg and John Whittenhall celebrating the finish of a century ride bikeMS 2010.

My reflections on bikeMS2012:  With quiet courage and conviction, those I meet with MS radiate hope, determination and optimism.  Even afflicted with MS, spiraling their physical selves backwards, their indomitable spirit moves their minds and souls forward.   Their hope gives me hope.  There’s a better world out there.  They inspire me, the ordinary man.  They are moving forward into the hearts and minds of all of us. 

Maybe those of us who clicked in Saturday AM for bikeMS2012, can take away a valuable lesson.  It’s not just about raising money, or the route, or the weather, the wind or the ride, it’s about the challenges in our very ordinary lives of living backwards and still moving forward.  It’s about the challenge of living extraordinary lives, like living with MS.

I’m very proud of our supporters and my Team iDentifi.  Individually, collectively we scorched our goals both as athletes and fundraisers, exceeding $25,000 in contributions.  Thank you!

To learn more about Team iDentifi, donate to one of our riders and how you can help support the battle to defeat MS within our lifetime visit or bikeMS team page – Team iDentifi

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan Wiessner permalink
    April 26, 2012 8:20 am

    The route, the wind, the rain. The difficulty of pushing yourself to ride further than you may have ever done before. The travel, the planning and the preparations. These are all things that take us out of the “comfort zone” of living our “ordinary” lives. Those temporary discomforts for us remind us, as riders, of the discomforts that are borne everyday by those with MS or any of the other dibilitating diseases. It’s what we can do for few days….for them.

    • Heather Carelli permalink
      June 11, 2012 10:42 am

      Awesome article Dan! Thank you for your support!

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