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Cary Man Cycles To Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Posted September 7, 2001 2:07 a.m. EDT

— What would make you ride 150 miles on a bike? One man says his desire to help his wife beat a chronic illness is inspiration enough.

There is nothing quite like the freedom of being out on the open road. Christi Meglaughlin does not take it for granted, however.

Meglaughlin is one of 350,000 Americans with Multiple Sclerosis.

"I lost the use of the right side of my body for awhile. I have been blind before. You have a lot of fatigue," Meglaughlin said.

Women are diagnosed with the disease 2 to 3 times more often than men. It really effects people mainly in their prime of life, 20's to 40's.

Christi's husband Rob participates in a 150-mile charity bike ride every year to help people with MS.

"When we married, we married in sickness and in health. There's very little else you can do when somebody you know has M.S.," Rob Meglaughlin said.

This year Rob Meglaughlin has organized a 35-member team for the event.

"It just touches my heart so much that he's willing to go out there and do this for me, he and all of my friends and the people who have joined our team. They're doing it because they know me and they want to help," Christie Meglaughlin said.

So far, the team has raised more than $12,000. And the support has raised Christie Meglaughlin's spirits.

"Most important thing for people who have M.S. is to keep doing those things, because you don't know what tomorrow will be. Tomorrow I might wake up and not be able to get out of bed," she said.

More than 650 people are expected to turn out for the race.