Man Biking Across America for MS to Arrive in Casper
50 days. 3667 miles. That is what 61-year-old Travis White plans cover on his bicycle to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
White started his journey across America on June 19th in Astoria, Oregon and will end it on August 8th in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The Denver native was diagnosed with MS three years ago and he is hoping to raise 10 dollars for every mile he rides on his trek- an ultimate goal of $37,000 dollars.
White arrived in Jackson, Wyoming on the fourth of July and will be making a 120-mile ride from Riverton to Casper today.
Carrie Nolan, President of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society, explains that Wyoming and Colorado both have uniquely high incidents of MS.
“In Wyoming, for example, there are more than 1100 people living with MS and that is one out of every 450 people- which is compared to one out of every 750 in the United States,” said Nolan.
Nolan went on to say that, while there is no cure or knowledge as to the cause of MS, there is evidence that incidents of MS are more prevalent in the northern states.
“We are continuing to raise money to fund research so we can stop progression and restore function to who have had damage as a result of their MS,” said Nolan.
So far, White has raised more than 26,000 dollars for MS research. Those interested in helping him or following his journey can go to- travisbikesamerica.com.
Nolan says that those interested in doing some bike riding of their own for the cause can go to-bikemswyoming.org and register for their August 20th and 21st Close Encounters Ride 2011.