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FEW WORDS ABOUT THE
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY

        Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks your nervous system. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of the disease cannot be predicted; symptoms may range from numbness to paralysis and blindness. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can last forever. The National MS Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.
        The researchers has found away to slow it down or pause it. But no real cure as of this time. It is getting closer with your help.

All stories are from Belleville Times, Belleville Post, Star Ledger
Newspapers and Bike Mike's own stories.

        What you are about to read are based on a true story about Big Mike Dowd. Taken and edited from local newspapers. Basically about Mike in the bike tours he does. Includes some photos to go with some of the stories. Some stories was done by Big Mike.


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'Big Mike' rides high on MS bike tour (8-17-1995 Belleville Times)

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"Big Mike" rides high again on the bike trail to try and find a cure for multiple sclerosis" (9-28-95 Belleville Times)

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'Big Mike' Rides Again (6-6-96 Belleville Times)

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"Big Mike" bikes for MS (9-5-96 Belleville Times)

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"Fund-raiser for MS puts his pedal to the mettle" (9-15-96 NJ Star Ledger)

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"Is It Spring?" (4-17-97 Belleville Times)

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"MS-170 Bike Tour 1997" (5-15-97 Belleville Times)

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"MS Tour Is On"(4-16-98 Belleville Times)

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"Big Mike rides again in MS bicycle tour" (4-16-98 Belleville Post)

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"Big Mike rides" (6-25-98 Belleville Times)

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"Big Mike' Rides Again for MS" (10-22-98 Bellville Times)

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'Big Mike' hitting road to benefit MS (5-6-1999 Belleville Times)

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Dowd leads Belleville Trio 'Coast the Coast' to fight MS (6-24-99 Belleville Times)

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'Big Mike' bikes his way into hearts of Silver Lake district
(8-26-99 Belleville Times)

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'Big Mike' goes wet and wild for MS tour (7-8-2000 Belleville Times)

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Bike hero won't quit in race to find cure for MS (11-5-2000 Star Ledger)

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Bike Mike in MS-100 on Sept 22 & 23, 2001 (Mike's own story)

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Bike Mike in MS-170 on May 18 & 19, 2002 (Mike's own story)

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Bike Mike in MS-100 on September 21 & 22, 2002 (Mike's own story)

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Bike Mike in MS-170 on May 17 and 18, 2003 (Mike's own story)

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Bike Mike in MS-100 on September 20 and 21, 2003 (Mike's own story)

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MS-170 - Bike Mike Verses Heat on May 18 and 19, 2004 (Mike's own story)

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MS-100 - "Flood & Ride" on Sept. 18 and 19, 2004 (Mike's own story)

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MS-170 - "Mike's Personal Record" on May 21 & 22, 2005 (Mike's own story)

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MS-100 - "Pledges Gone Over $1,000" on September 24 & 25, 2005
(Mike's own story)

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MS-170 - "Mike Collects Big and A Windy Ride" May 20 & 21, 2006
(Mike's own story)

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'Local icon "Bike Mike" pedaled for a cause' (5-25-06 Belleville Times)

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"Big Pledge & Got Lost" Sept. 16 and 17, 2006 (Mike's own story)

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MS 170 "To Many Turns To A Smooth Ride" May 19 & 20, 2007 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 100 "20th Anniversary Bike Tour" Sept. 15 & 16, 2007 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 170 "Breezy To A Wet Finish" May 17 & 18, 2008 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 100 "Record Pledge, Hot Ride" Sept. 13 & 14, 2008 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 170 "Wind, Brrr, Wet and Good" May 16 & 17, 2009 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 100 "Wet and Sunny" Sept. 12 & 13, 2009 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 170 "Almost Flawless Coast the Coast" May 22 & 23, 2010 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 100 "20 Years and Dry" Sept. 25 & 26, 2010 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 170 "Broke $4,000 Mark" May 19 & 20, 2012 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 100 "20th Time and Threat of Rain" Sept. 22 & 23, 2012 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 170 "20 Years and Struggling" May 18 & 19, 2013 (Bike Mike's own story)

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MS 170 "Story From Website Main Page" May 18 & 19, 2013

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MS 100 "21st Year in Great NJ Country Bike Ride" September 21 & 22, 2013


Please check out the New Jersey Metro Chapter
website before leaving. Remember that the MS Greater North Jersey Chapter and the MS Mid-Jersey Chapter has now merged as of October 1, 2008.

Also the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)
website for the national info.



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