Patty Andela was twenty years old in back in 2000, when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that attacks the nervous system and affects everyone differently.
In 2008, a few of her friends and family formed a group whose mission is to raise funds for the NMSS and raise awareness of this devastating disease.
Calling themselves the “MS Fight Club,” team captain Andrea Andela said the group’s motto is “fighting MS every step of the way,” because each step can be difficult for those that have MS.
In the 50 counties of upstate NY, there are 12,000 people and their families that are provided services by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).
On February 28, the Second Annual Snowmobile Trail Ride will be held with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the National MS Society. A lunch of soup, chili, sandwiches, and dessert will be provided after the ride. People who do not ride are welcome to come and enjoy the heated shed where games, a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will take place with all proceeds going towards the fight to find a cure for multiple sclerosis.
The event will be held snow or sunshine according to Andela. “People aren’t aware of what of what multiple sclerosis is and how many people in upstate NY are affected, either themselves, family members or their friends. This sled ride is a relaxing time to spend with neighbors (while) raising money for a worthwhile cause,” said Andela.
Registration will commence at 10 a.m. for the 30-mile ride that will commence from the Andela’s Farm, 473 County Highway 23, in West Winfield off Exeter Trailblazer’ trail S74. The suggested donation per sled is $20, and a donation $10 for non-riders will be taken at the door.
For more information or to pre-register call Andela at 315-822-6025