Cyclists raise over $450,000 on quest to find cure for MS

THERE is presently no cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

However, findings from a new Johns Hopkins Medicine study in the USA, provide strong support for a promising advance toward that goal and with it, the ability to reverse – and in many cases, completely alleviate – MS-like symptoms in mice.
Long-term MS campaigner, Dr Dean Zekis, an osteopath in Punchbowl, says researchers are also now testing anti-viral therapies with positive results since it is a virus which sits on the nerve sheath and sparks an inflammatory response, causing pain and nerve-ending damage.
Along with 15 other local professionals, Dr Zekis has been fundraising to find a cure under Team Xtreme for the last seven years
The group estimates they have raised over $450,000, since it was founded 12 years ago, through sponsored bike rides, auctions, dinner dances and other community events.
“We’ve also been top fundraisers in the Gong Ride a few times which is incredible since there are usually about 10,000 riders taking part including 100-strong teams from BMW and Porsche,” Dr Zekis said.
“We’ve got some great sponsors and keep in regular touch with researchers and professors so we know where our funds go as well as to find out about the latest advances in treatment.”
Dr Zekis said they would be next riding for MS on March 3, from Sydney to Kiama.
“Everyone knows of someone with the disease and we ride for fun, to keep fit and for those who can’t,” he said.
To take part in the ride, email or to sponsor the group: