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Bike MS Helps Fund Research, A Lifesaver For Colorado Man

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Joe Tancredi (credit: CBS)

Joe Tancredi (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4)- Every week another 200 people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

That’s one of the reasons CBS4 has teamed up with the MS Society for Bike MS. The fundraiser pays for MS research and social services that are critical to those living with MS.

Joe Tancredi was diagnosed with MS in 2009. He once chased thrills in extreme sports like hiking, skiing and climbing. Now he says living life with MS is an extreme sport.

“In the span of a year and a half I progressed from a limp to a cane to a walker to a wheelchair,” said Tancredi.

As the disease takes a toll on his body he works to stay strong. Sometimes just getting to the gym is a challenge but no matter how long it takes he still makes it.

“It’s essential because I’m a single man living on my own,” said Tancredi.

His friends have formed Team Mo-Joe-Flo on his behalf.

The money raised from Bike MS primarily funds research but also funds critical social services which is a lifesaver for Tancredi.

“I got to the point when I couldn’t get out of bed on my own,” said Tancredi.

The MS Society set him up with home health care and Meals on Wheels.

“It just made all the difference in the world to me,” said Tancredi. “I’m a really fortunate man. I’m blessed to have a lot of friends.”

LINK : Bike MS

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