Every Year the Leduc-Camrose Johnson MS Bike Tour takes place, and for the third year the Rapid Relief Team was pleased for an opportunity to assist the event. This event is one of the longest standing MS Bike Events in Canada, spanning over 2 days, with over 1700 riders starting in Leduc, Alberta and traveling the 72.9 km east to Camrose, Alberta. This bike tour is hosted by the MS Society which is dedicated to research and providing information, support, educational events, and other resources for those suffering with MS, their family, and caregivers.
Raising well over a million dollars, this event is also one of the most profitable events dedicated towards a cure for MS in Canada. The funds that are raised help the MS Society financially support continued research and programs offered to those effected with Multiple Sclerosis. There is no cure yet for this autoimmune disease, which attacks the central nervous system. Canada has one of the highest rates in the world for patients diagnosed with MS.
The huge event took hundreds of volunteers to manage it, including set up of route, first aid for injured bikers, water and repair stations at the checkpoints along the way; this is where six enthusiastic volunteers of the Edmonton Rapid Relief Team came in.
On Saturday, June 9th, The Rapid Relief Team from Edmonton showed their support to the 1700 bikers, by setting up a refreshment stand along the route and keeping the riders well stocked with wholesome refreshments and beverages. The volunteers ensured the area was clean, the waters were ice cold, and kept the bikers moving through the line ups to avoid congestion in the serving area.
This refreshment stand was a crucial part of assisting the bikers recuperate and prepare for the second leg of their journey. The Rapid Relief Team volunteers were pleased to be a part of the event and to help in the fight against this terrible disease.