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Bike ride for Multiple Sclerosis kicks off in Clinton

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HINDS COUNTY - CLINTON -

Cyclists are riding from Clinton to Vicksburg, 150 miles, to help fight multiple sclerosis.

"We have about 2300 people who we serve that are currently living with multiple sclerosis in the state. We help them through a variety of ways through funds raised at Bike MS." Andrew Bell is the vice president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Mississippi and Alabama Chapters. He says MS is known as the "prime of your life disease." "People are diagnosed between 20 and 50 years old when they're starting their life, their families, their careers," says Bell.

Multiple Sclerosis affects the central nervous system and can disrupt communication between the brain and other body parts.

Bruce Reid came all the way from Jacksonville, Florida for this year's Bike MS ride. 

"This is actually my 46 state. I'm doing a ms ride in every state. I should finish with four more to go next summer," says Reid.

Each bike ride hits close to home for Bruce who has friends, family members and former co-workers that suffer with MS. Even though biking 150 miles may be tough, Reid says having MS is tougher. 

"My goal is to have MS cured before I finish all 50 states. Those researchers and doctors better hurry up," says Reid.

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