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MS 150 fundraising efforts begin

MS 150 While cycling 180 miles in two days may not be for everyone, all can play a part in the annual MS 150. The fundraising bike ride from Houston to Austin is organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society and takes place April 17-18. CNP’s team will join thousands of cyclists riding to raise money and increase awareness for a disease that currently affects more than 400,000 Americans.

Zan May, director of Texas Coast District Gas Operations and team captain, is pictured here in front of some of last year’s participants. He has witnessed a close family friend deal with MS and will be riding for the sixth time this year. “I ride because I feel fortunate to be physically able to ride, while those who have MS no longer have that option,” said May. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord, and one new case is diagnosed every hour.

“By riding 180 miles through the Texas Hill Country this April, I will enjoy the outdoors, make new friends and experience the ultimate cycling experience,” said Giovanni Edwards, research analyst, Economic Development. “More importantly, my efforts will support research by the National MS Society - Lone Star Chapter to find the cause, cure and treatment of MS.”The 2009 event raised more than $17 million, with CNP raising $110,000. This year, the event goal is $18 million and CNP’s overall team goal is $150,000. CNP online donations are welcome and appreciated. For more information, contact Zan May at 281-342-2947 or Veronica Guillory at 713-207-7598.