Cy-Fair Hospital staff recently participated in the BP MS 150, a two-day fundraising cycling ride
organized by the National MS Society: Lone Star during the third weekend of April. This ride is the largest event of its kind in North America and is also the single largest fund-raising event for MS research. In 2009, the event raised more than $17 million for multiple sclerosis.
This year, Team Tenet had 38 riders, 17 of whom were from Cy-Fair, and 12 volunteers, 7 of whom were from Cy-Fair. Cy-Fair Hospital held several fundraisers to help Team Tenet raise money, including a bake sale and rodeo-themed raffle. The team raised approximately $18,000 and is thankful for everyone who supported them during their fundraising efforts.
“I am proud to participate in an event that brings our Houston area hospitals together to support MS research,” says Melanie Roberts, Compliance Officer at Cy-Fair Hospital and the captain of this year’s team. “There are an estimated 20,000 Texans currently living with MS and one new American is diagnosed every hour. Team Tenet is committed to being a part of the fight against MS through the bike MS movement.”
The ride is a 180-mile journey for MS from Houston to Austin. The ride began Saturday morning at three convenient starting points, and Team Tenet started from Waller Stadium in Waller. Riders followed scenic roads into Bellville for lunch. Day 1 ended at the Fayette County Fairgrounds overnight in La Grange. The overnight event was supported by volunteers who set up the sleeping tent so that the team could shower, eat, and relax for a few hours before getting up again at 5:30 a.m. to ride on day 2. All of the food was prepared, packed, and cooked by dedicated volunteers who even cooked in the rain.
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital would like to congratulate all who participated in the MS 150 ride.