At Corporate Traffic, the annual Bike MS event is much more than just a bike ride. It’s a culmination of months of training, preparation, and unwavering dedication to making a real difference. The 2023 Bike MS Cycle to the Shore was no exception, and it turned out to be a resounding success for the CT Team. This year, 36 cyclists joined the ranks, collectively biking an impressive 1,850 miles and raising over $49,000 to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s mission to find a cure for MS.
A History of Dedication
Corporate Traffic’s involvement in Bike MS goes back a long way. For the sixth consecutive year, we rallied our team to participate in this monumental event. “We are so proud of our team’s accomplishments this year,” said Chris Cline, President of Corporate Traffic. “With ten first-time riders, the CT Team did an amazing job fundraising and biking all the way to Daytona Beach.”
The ride is always a meaningful and exhilarating journey, especially for those first-time riders. Our Manager of Multi-Modal Operations, Jin Baisch, rode for the first time this year and had this to say; “I rode Bike MS this year to support my father with MS. Joining forces with Corporate Traffic felt amazing. As a first-time rider, I was thrilled about the camaraderie with my colleagues.”
First-time rider Nydia Fitzhugh, Logistics Solutions Engineer, agreed, adding “Bike MS is an event you have to try at least once. The Bike MS ride is a life changing experience for you and many others. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to ride with Corporate Traffic!”
Bike MS: Changing the World for People with MS
Bike MS is the world’s largest fundraising cycling series, with events nationwide that unite 50,000 cyclists and 5,000 teams to combat Multiple Sclerosis. This chronic autoimmune disease affects the central nervous system, and funds raised at Bike MS fuel research, support, and advocacy.
The 2023 Cycle to the Shore event in Northeast Florida featured a stunning route from TPC Sawgrass or Marineland to Daytona Beach, offering one- or two-day rides covering 36 to 150 miles. Day one concluded with a celebration on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, emphasizing camaraderie and commitment to changing lives affected by MS.
Many of the riders from the Corporate Traffic team ride to honor a friend or loved one with MS. Keith Lechwar, Director of Marketing and Communications, rides in memory of Bruce Kujawa who battled MS for many years. Jin Baisch rides to show support to his father with MS. Marcus Nelson, Manager of Operations and Logistics Solutions, rides for his friend’s mom with MS, Ms. Kay.
“She is a light in the darkness and a beautiful soul of a woman,” Marcus said about Ms. Kay. “I ride for Kay!”
It’s hard to believe that it has already been a month since Bike MS 2023. At Corporate Traffic, this event is a favorite on our calendar, and for a good reason. Months of training and preparation culminate in an unforgettable day where all our hard work pays off, not just for the team but for the entire MS community.
A Call to Continue the Fight
As proud as we are of our accomplishments, Corporate Traffic knows that the fight against MS is far from over. We are now less than $1,000 away from our fundraising goal of $50,000, and just $1,500 short of our record fundraising total from the previous year. To reach these milestones and continue supporting the search for an MS cure, we are reaching out to our community for help.
If you want to contribute to this noble cause, consider donating to Corporate Traffic’s fundraising efforts here. Your support can make a real difference in the lives of those living with MS, bringing hope and the promise of a brighter future.
“Bike MS is a fantastic chance to make a positive impact, not just for yourself but for others too,” Jin said.
The success of the CT Team in the 2023 Bike MS Cycle to the Shore demonstrates the power of dedication and community. With every pedal stroke, we move one step closer to finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, proving that when people come together, change is not just possible but inevitable.