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17th Annual San Antonio-to-Corpus Christi Valero MS 150 Bike Tour Continues to the Beach Today.

More than 3,000 riders expected to raise $1.5 million to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis

HOUSTON -- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter:

WHO & WHAT

More than 3,000 cyclists are heading to the Finish Line at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi today for the conclusion of the 160-mile Valero MS 150 Bike to the Beach Bike Tour, presented by H-E-B. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts the annual two-day Tour from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, which raises funds to support research and programs for multiple sclerosis (MS).

PHOTO and INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

Teri Garcia: As a member of a women's competitive roller skating league, Teri will roller skate her way to the beach! Teri, who was diagnosed eleven years ago with MS, cycled her way to from San Antonio to Beeville for the first leg of the Bike Tour and will strap on her roller skates to cross the finish line in Corpus Christi.

Bud Schiffman: At 92 years old, Bud is the oldest rider on the 2006 Valero MS 150. He recently participated in the 2006 BP MS 150 Houston-to-Austin Bike Tour. Before then, he'd not been on a bicycle in 65 years!

WHEN & WHERE

2006 Valero MS 150 riders will begin to arrive Sunday mid-morning and continue to pedal in throughout the afternoon. The 2006 Valero MS 150 rolled out at sunrise yesterday at San Antonio's AT&T Center, home of the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Participants spent last night in Beeville before starting the Ride's second leg to the Texas State Aquarium early this morning.

WHY

The Valero MS 150 Bike to the Beach is hosted by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2005, more than 3,000 cyclists and 1,000 volunteers participated, raising $1.2 million to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Chartered in 1955, the Lone Star Chapter serves more than 17,000 individuals in 141 Texas counties who are affected by MS. Services include information and referrals, equipment loans, education programs, caring and wellness programs, emergency financial assistance, self-help groups, research updates, and clinical and peer support programs. The chapter works closely with the medical community to enhance MS knowledge and treatment. All funds are privately raised and 83 cents of every dollar are used to benefit people affected by MS.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS to learn about the ways to help manage MS and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

The San Antonio-to-Corpus Christi Bike Tour wraps up the 2006 Lone Star Chapter MS 150 season. It is one of three fundraising rides that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts in Texas, including the BP MS 150 from Houston to Austin in April and the North Texas SAM'S CLUB MS 150 in May. All three are regarded by cyclists as the premier rides in Texas, with an experienced management team, well-coordinated routes, and special attention to riders' safety and comfort.
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