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'Biker Bash' planned to combat disease

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Deidra's Biker Bash will take place June 11 and 12 at Mansfield, Ind. All of the profits from the 7th annual fundraiser will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Live music by the Bad Monkey Band with lead singer, Jay Carpenter, can be heard both nights beginning at 8 p.m. at a cost of $6 per night. The Poker Run is Saturday with first out at 11 a.m. and last in at 4 p.m. There will be a hog roast Saturday.

The event will have plenty of food for sale, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Camping will be available at $10 per night. T-shirts will be sold.

Everyone is welcome and there will be lots of good family entertainment.

The event was first started for Deidra Nash by her parents Maggie and Mickey Hargis, The 30-year-old mother of a six-year-old now lives in Buckhannon, W. Va., with her husband Jeremy. She was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 19.

The initial onset presented Deidra with stroke-like symptoms when she experienced paralysis on the left side. She recovered from that episode but has exacerbations periodically which usually involve her sight.

The cause of multiple sclerosis remains unknown. Deidra's doctor thinks hers may have been exacerbated from getting burnt in a tanning bed. Her treatment includes avoiding stress, sunlight and humidity. She takes a monthly injection to control symptoms which cost about $1,000 a dose.

Deidra had no medical problems during her pregnancy. Her doctor told her that women usually go into remission while pregnant. But there is a tendency for women's bodies to deteriorate more quickly after a pregnancy. So Deidra and her husband may limit their family to their son, Koty.

Multiple sclerosis is a major cause of neurologic disability among young and middle-aged adults. It shows no bias and strikes indiscriminately. Some celebrities with the disease are Annette Funicello, Richard Pryor and Montel Williams. The effects of the disease are very unpredictable.

Mickey and Maggie Hargis loved motorcycles. They combined their love of big bikes with the tremendous love for their daughter to organize the Deidra's Biker Bash. They wanted to help others who developed the disease.

Profits will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America located in New Jersey. They supply wheel chairs and hospital beds to those who can't afford it. They give any kind of assistance needed to maintain activities of daily living for a multiple sclerosis patient. And they'll assist in paying for the MS shots if a patient can't afford it.

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