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About Tim Blackstone

$800 donated during National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month® (NMSEAM) .  Thanks for your support!

Almost 2 ½ years ago, I started a quest to lose 200 pounds. After two years of diet and literally thousands of miles (8000+) on my bike, I accomplished my goal.  Now I spend my spare time doing century rides (a ride over 100 miles) in Colorado and hiking 14ers with my son and daughter. A 14er is a mountain over 14,000 feet tall; there are 54 of them in Colorado and we have climbed 15. Sometimes people I meet biking century rides and hiking 14ers tell me what a great accomplishment and how inspirational it is to them that I lost the weight and do these rides and hikes.  I have to admit, though, that instead, I feel like I wasted a lot of time in my life while overweight and lost a lot of opportunities to do things with my children. Worst of all, I did this on my own accord by allowing myself to get up to 346 pounds.

I met a young mother a few months back who has lost the opportunity to do things with her children not due to her own accord, like I had, but because of Multiple Sclerosis. She was only 27 when diagnosed with MS.  She loves biking and hiking, and is still trying to do these today even though she has MS. Her dream—after a cure is found—is to do every century ride and climb every 14er in Colorado. She is the person, rather than me, who should serve as an inspiration to others. Since I met this amazing person —who believes with all her heart that a cure for MS will be found—I have looked for what I could do to make sure her dreams of a cure can come true. That is how I found the Bike the US for MS  

The TransAm ride takes two months, which means that even using up all of my vacation time, I will still need to take a month off from work without pay.  I know the month without pay will be a serious commitment, but to borrow a line from Rough Riders 200, one of my favorite bike rides consisting of two back-to-back century rides, “No Shortcuts! No Excuses!”

So I ask you to help the young mother I met and everyone else across our country affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Please make a tax deductible donation for any amount. 100% of those donations go to BIke the US for MS. Tax Deduction Information: Bike the US for MS Inc is a 501c3 tax exempt organization with tax ID #27-2192426.

You can do this right here online, or you can mail donations to:

Bike the US for MS

PO Box 10001

Blacksburg, VA 24062

Write checks out to Bike the US for MS and put my name (Tim Blackstone) in the memo line. Once the letter is received by the organization, they will post the donation to this website.

Also, two members of my team at Higher Logic (the awesome company I work for) are donating their time to help raise donations for Bike the US for MS. They are making and selling parachute cord bracelets with the MS orange ribbon on them (see below image.) These are just awesome, and allow you to show your support for finding a cure to this terrible disease. Please visit their web site at http://styleashstudios.com/support.html. $5 of every bracelet sale goes to Bike the US for MS.

parachute cord bracelets with the MS orange ribbon

Thank you so much for supporting me and helping find a cure for MS.

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Tim Blackstone's Fundraising

TRANSAM 2014 TEAM TOTAL: $123476

ALL 2014 TEAMS TOTAL: $316817

RAISED: $4248
Tim Blackstone $800.00
Higher Logic $500.00
Style Ash Studios $250.00
Ben Goodkind $200.00
Robert Wenger $200.00
Julie Blackstone $125.00
Darryl Hopkins $100.00
Heather McNair $100.00
Hunter Montgomery $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Linda S Huyck $100.00
Maria Kim $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
The Ashworths $60.00
Angelika Lipkin $50.00
Brian Sink $50.00
carole zdobysz $50.00
Katie Pagano $50.00
Lauren Wolfe $50.00
Lila Elliott $50.00
Brett Wangman $40.00
Mark Lowry $40.00
Anonymous $32.00
Arlene Moss $25.00
Arlene Moss $25.00
Julie Woodward $25.00
Paul Wehking $25.00
Robert Williams - Automation Software $25.00
Dave Golden $20.00
Meredith Tally $20.00
Sarah Blackstone $20.00
Anonymous $10.00
Sarah WhitleySmith $5.00
Julie Blackstone $1.00