Sunday, October 13, 2019

Effort 32 – One Final Look Back

I will share the joys, pains, and dirty little secrets of my life with multiple sclerosis. My goal is to find a reason to convince you to support/share my fight against MS. Please donate today:

I require more than 30 Efforts, less would create an unsubstantial portrait of the man who needs your support. 30 days is an unrealistic timeline — once discovered, neither accurate words nor the courage to write them, develop so quickly.  How many efforts will this take, and how much time will require to share them? I don’t know the answer, so I will just continue writing.

This is Effort Number 32…

I spent a lot of time over this series of efforts looking into the past. It’s something I don’t want to do anymore, at least not now. I want to talk about how I am shaping the next act in the tale, Never Stop… Never Quit… – The Story of One Man’s Fight.

As a necessary evil, I will capitulate one last look back before focus shifts towards my future.

$54,500.71 is our 2019 total, a combination of Eleanor’s Bike MS fundraising efforts and money donated/raised directly by NEVER STOP NEVER QUIT for the MS Gala. Combine those numbers with the 15 other riders on Team Amulet, and our grand total raised for the National MS Society’s Oregon Chapter in 2019 was $83,608.71! The MS Society’s fiscal year ended on September 30 — those numbers are the final tally of an incredible year. My heartfelt thanks go out to every donor, supporter, and volunteer who helped make our success unforgettable.

I will spend more time thanking everyone over the next few months. Your efforts are making a difference. Directly, the money you helped raise is contributing to advancements in research and development of more effective MS treatments, improved care management for those fighting the disease, and bettered our work as we aim to move forward towards a world free of MS.

The “official” numbers have not yet been posted, but ours will not change. I wanted to grasp this opportunity to brag about our success and say thank you. The wins recorded are doing more than benefiting the over 9400 people in Oregon and Southwest Washington fighting MS (nearly 1 million across the US and more than 2.3 million worldwide). Your support has directly aided my treatment, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Thank you.

I will continue to say thanks; I’ll draft and send out our annual thank you cards; I’ll send more books as a sign of appreciation. I remain weighted, however, by The Constant Noise of My Future I shared with you back in the Effort 18. I still firmly believe, “My future is unclear and unwritten. That’s OK.” The burning desire to share facets gaining clarity is too much to hold between only myself and my Inside Voice.
[It’s like you need to share things before their reality becomes apparent.]
I need to share things before their reality becomes apparent.
[It’s like you can’t plan anymore. It’s time to act.]
I can’t plan anymore. It’s time to act.
[It’s like you’re going to go insane if you keep on talking to yourself.]
Stop it!

Effort 33 and beyond is my future, sharpened by everything that happened to me, everything I experienced, everyone who shaped me. I want to talk about my plans, successes, and struggles – both now and tomorrow – yesterday is only a measuring stick.

What are the constant noises I hear today regarding my future? Suspense and uncertainty may make for great plot development in my next book, but it surely won’t work well if I try to talk about my life. Some of the areas they intend to cover in my next series of efforts include:
  • The end of Team Amulet: after 18 years, with over $750,000 raised, I am folding the flag on Team Amulet. Next year, we ride with our new family – Team Road Kill!
  • I’ll share my 2020 physical rehabilitation and development goals, including Angel’s Rest, Cycling, Tunnel2Towers, and so much more.
  • My newest struggle – one I never saw coming.
  • Wine, Beer, and bike MS will return in 2020, bigger and better than we have ever seen.
  • If all goes well, I’ll be back in school this time next year. That, in itself, may make a great story.
  • more…

Nothing changes, yet everything is different.
[Everything changes.]
True, that is the one unvarying constant.
[Stop it!]

I hope these stories will inspire you to join my fight to 2020.

Because it is a fight.
The fight is not over and it won’t be over until a cure is found.
It will never stop…nor will we
It will never quit…nor will we
This is why we ride!

100% of the royalties earned from my books go to the National MS Society, to support our fight:

Never Stop… Never Quit…®
Kevin Byrne
Portland, OR

Never Stop… Never Quit… Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.

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