Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Move it!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday kicked off MS Awareness Week, and the energy is infectious! Screens 'N' Spokes is celebrating its 4th year as a mover and shaker as it engages a community of artists, cyclists, and young professionals in a cause that impacts so many of us.

This year, we are focusing on collaboration among our team: artists such as Jay Ryan and Dan McCarthy will be designing original prints TOGETHER exclusively for SNS. This is a rare occurrence, folks - so get stoked for September!

To get this week going, our amazing teammate Joanna Lopinto wanted to share her personal MS story and how it's made her even more kick-ass:

"I was diagnosed with MS when I was 26 years old, just months away from completing nursing school. At the time, I thought my life was over. I stopped doing triathlons, and didn't do much physical activity at all for the next 4 years. Finally, in 2008, I was tired of just donating to the MS City to Shore - I wanted to ride! I found Team Screens 'N' Spokes through a friend who had seen their prints, and managed to complete the one-day ride in 2008. In 2009 I rode both days (150 miles!) and it was HARD. I am very vocal about my diagnosis in all my athletic endeavors because I want to erase the stigma that having MS means being in a wheelchair. MS hasn't limited me - it's actually pushed me to do things I never thought I could."

We'd like to celebrate MS Awareness Week by learning how YOU are touched by MS. Many of you have friends or family members who live with this disease - how do they inspire you? Or you may have MS yourself. How has this experience changed your perspective?

Please send me YOUR STORY to share with the Screens 'N' Spokes community
at screensnspokes@gmail.com. We're happy to make submissions anonymous - feel free to let me know!

We look forward to hearing from you this week,
Team SNS

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