18 Sep 2009 9:00 am   //   Filed under: Bicycles

An appeal

bikemsNow, usually I don’t do this.

But I’m about to ask you to make a contribution. No, the money’s not for me. It’s for research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis and to support programs for people who live with MS.

If you’ve read any of my posts this week about biking, you already know I’m going to be riding 100 miles in the New York Bike MS ride on October 4. This event is a major fund-raiser for the National MS Society. I’m riding in honor of my stepmom, who lives with MS. My goal is to raise at least $1000. I’m so grateful to my friends and family who have already given. As of this morning, we’ve raised $680! That’s excellent, but we’re not there yet.

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you enjoy this blog. This blog costs me money and I don’t earn a dime from it. I’ve never asked for any donations to keep it running. I have no product to sell. There’s no advertising here. So today I ask you to donate a few bucks to the MS ride in the amount you think this blog is worth to you. If you’ve ever read something here that made you think, please give. If you’ve ever grinned while reading one of my posts, please give. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I already know about this thing because I saw it first on Daryl’s blog,” please give. If this blog has ever turned you on to a good film, or good band, or a good book, please give.

Try giving $10. Lunch money.

Like most people, I’ve given to friends’ fund-raising rides, walks and runs. But I’ve never participated in one before. Why am I doing this now? It’s because of a feeling I got. You’ve probably experienced it at some point, too. It’s the feeling that the world has been cruelly unfair to people who simply don’t deserve it. And you want to do something to correct this injustice. Sometimes that’s impossible. But channeling energy into raising money to help… Well, it might not solve the problem immediately, but it’s positive action. It’s a little way to push back on the unfairness of the world.

Follow this link to give online using a credit card. It’s easy, secure and simple. Thank you.