NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Over 1,800 people biked through New Bern to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.
Nancy Nelson watched bikers pedal down New Bern’s streets; she knows one day she’ll be crossing that finish line.
“I cannot wait until I’m riding in this,” said Nelson.
Nelson is paralyzed from the neck down. She was diagnosed 25 years ago with Multiple Sclerosis, which attacks the brain and spinal cord. “It progressed gradually from vision to not being able to run and not being able to walk to not being able to use my left hand and then my right hand and now it’s all of the above.”
She loved planting in her garden, teaching school and cycling. Now she’s now home on disability, watching way too much Netflix. “How does that change your life? In every way imaginable.”
She says her relationship with her college sweetheart changed because he now has to feed her and help her in the bathroom.
“The amount of stuff that he has to go through,” explained Nelson.
He’s even riding in the Annual Bike MS around New Bern. It drew more than 1,800 riders and raised over 1.5 million dollars. Last year, Nelsons husband raised around 22 thousand dollars for the foundation
Organizer Dani Clayton says the money will go towards research. “It’s so important because there’s 2.3 million people living with it worldwide and there is no cure and we want to do something about that.”
To help people like Nelson cross the finish line. “I cannot wait, like it would be so awesome,” Nelson said.
To donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter, click here.