Matt Taylor started participating in a multiple sclerosis biking fundraiser for two reasons: He wanted to help his mother-in-law and he liked to bike.
“I didn't start out thinking, ‘I'm going to start this big bike team, and we're going to raise $15,000 in a year,'” Taylor said. “That wasn't even a goal. That wasn't even a thought of mine.”
In 2010, Taylor and some friends and family got together to start Rollin' With the Homies, a bicycling team that raises money for multiple sclerosis organizations.
The team started with six members. This weekend, the team, which has grown to 57 riders, will participate in the 27th Bike MS: The Mother Road Ride event this weekend.
About 700 cyclists will participate in the event, hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Oklahoma.
The ride starts Saturday at 7 a.m. in downtown Tulsa. Cyclists will ride from Tulsa to Chandler on Saturday.
Sunday, they'll finish up the ride, heading to the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
In total, the ride is about 150 miles.
Taylor started the team to help fight multiple sclerosis. His mother-in-law, Chimene Burke, has the disease.
“She is the strong point of the family,” Taylor said. “She takes care of everybody. She doesn't want to be taken care of. She's always putting herself to the side to take care of everyone else. I've always admired her for that.”
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Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, according to the National Institutes of Health. The disease interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body, according to the Oklahoma multiple sclerosis organization. Most people with multiple sclerosis are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and a higher percentage of women develop the disease, according to the organization.