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About Zachary Wasielewski
Back at it again for my third journey with Bike the US for MS. I'm prepared to travel from my college town of Wilmington NC to my current location in NJ!
I started in 2015 with this organization biking 4300 miles from Bar Harbor to Seattle and I did a trip across Virginia in 2016. It was probably one of the best experiences that could have come about from a rough patch of my life. I swore when I was 18 that I would do whatever I could to give back to those who have been dealt an unlucky hand in life. BTUSFMS has provided me that opportunity and opened my eyes up to so much more.
If you want to see some of my blogs from my journey, please check out my blog at http://zachsroadtoseattle.blogspot.com/. I don't want you to donate because of my adventures, though. These trips might have started in my head as a way for me to see the country and have a little fun, but quickly I learned that it was so much more than that. These trips were all about the generosity that fortunate people can share with those who have been less fortunate.
Obviously, the first reason you should donate is because of the disease. Multiple sclerosis is not something I had a connection with prior to the trip in 2015, but once I signed up for the trip I learned about many people in my life that are affected by it. On the trip, my connection with MS grew even stronger after visiting the MS clinic in Cleveland, MS achievement center in Minneapolis, and the MS clinic in Seattle. These groups do such remarkable things with their patients to provide a place for physical healing, mental strengthening, and an increased optimism that the disease shouldn't stop you from living the best life you can live. To me, that is what this organization is all about. I can't explain the emotions you feel when meeting people along the way who suffer from MS. Seeing how excited they are that we bike through their town and how optimistic they get that what we're doing really makes a difference. I really cannot put that into words, but I am putting my body on the line for a 3rd year since 2015 to be a part of this (if that shows you how great it must be).
The other reason to donate, in my opinion, are the people involved with the organization. I know that I have a high moral compass, but the people in this organization put me to shame with all of the good they do for others. If you aren't motivated by finding a cure for multiple sclerosis or by supporting me in my endeavors, do it for these people:
Don Frasier - the founder of Bike the US for MS who started the organization with a few friends because his mother having the disease. Don is one of the three employees within this organization and does not take a paycheck for his work. Everything he does for Bike the US for MS is geared towards helping fight the disease and so he wants as much money to go towards the cause as possible.
Cassie Wertz - the second employee to work for BTUSFMS is part of a three-way tie as one of the sweetest human beings on the planet. Cassie is such a hard worker and cares about all people. When I first siged up for my ride in 2015, Cassie was always there to support me, reassure me, and eventually was instrumental in making sure I was able to ride after getting into a car accident on my way to start my trip in Bar Harbor. I wouldn't have even logged a mile for this organization if it wasn't for all of the work she did and she does it consistently for every single rider because she sees how much of a difference this organization makes.
Kaylyn Messenger - the only other employee of the organization, and tied with Cassie as another of the sweetest human beings on the planet. I rode with Kaylyn in 2015 from Maine to Washington and we have built a tremendous friendship since then. Kaylyn was such a kind and compassionate person. As you might guess, it's mentally tough to ride your bike day in and day out especially when staring at corn fields in the middle of the country. Kaylyn was a strong supporter of others and she would always help put a smile on your face.
Emily Huber - speaking of putting a smile on everyone's face, emily was one of my many amazing route leaders in 2015. She is the strongest person I have ever met emotionally as well as physically. Emily is the last of my three-way sweetest human on the planet tie because she would cheer you on as she passed you on days she was driving the support van. Emily had a knack for picking up everyone's spirits with her compliments and she was an inspiration to our entire team when times got tough.
... I already regret the decision of trying to list all of the amazing people in this organization because I could literally write a novel about everyone and there are still many people involved with this organization that I haven't gotten to know as well as I wish. When all of these amazing human beings get together we initiate change and we provide hope in this country. With some of the tragedies we see on the news, it's important to highlight some of the great things people of this country can achieve. Those are the final reasons I have for you to donate; donate to spread hope and joy that even a single person can make a huge impact on the lives of others. This organization is just the sum of it's parts and though you might not know them, but the parts of this organization are pretty amazing.
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