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Zach's Ride

Sunday, May 16, 2010

* Family sets up event to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis

Last year, Zach Ellis and his family took part in the Walk for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for the fifth time.

At the age of 8, Zach had been diagnosed with MS, an autoimmune disease where the body's immune response attacks a person's central nervous system.

Since last year, Zach, now 13, hasn't changed much.

The fifth-grade Jackson Township Elementary school student still likes to listen to Michael Jackson, but has also started listening to his mother's old Beatles records.

He still likes playing video games with his twin brother Caleb, but a recent two-hour bout with seizures put him in the hospital for three days.

In addition to taking two injections per week of medication as well as ingesting other medications, Zach now has to take anti-seizure medication. He has been on medication since 2005 and it is believed he is the youngest person in the Wabash Valley to have been diagnosed with the disease.

The annual walk takes place in September on the campus of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and is sponsored by the Indiana Chapter of the National MS Society.

During the event, those participating may either take part in a one-mile or three-mile walk.

Even though the family will again take part in the walk this year, they decided to get a head start in raising money for the disease.

As a result, they created Zach's Ride 2010, an event scheduled to take place June 12.

In an effort to help support the walk in September, Zach's mother, Laura Thompson, said she wanted to create the motorcycle ride.

"I decided to put it together," Laura said. "We're excited. Everybody's been real great. If it turns out like I think it will, we're hoping to turn it into an annual event."

Those interested in taking part in the ride are encouraged to meet at the Gooseneck Brew in Brazil Saturday, June 12. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with the ride starting at noon.

Cost is $10 per person to ride and all proceeds coming in from the event will go to help support the September walk.

Riders are due back from the June event by 4:30 p.m., and a hog roast has been scheduled to take place. In addition, door prizes and raffles will take place as well as a 50-50 drawing and a possible silent auction. There will also be a $200 prize for the winning poker hand in the Poker Run.

In addition, the family is selling T-shirts for the event. For more information on a T-shirt, call Laura at 812-201-7620.

The route of the ride will take those participating from Brazil to Seelyville, then to Rosedale, and Rockville before coming back to Brazil.

"She's been doing 99 percent of the work," Laura's husband Danny Thompson said. "All of this is her."

"It's been fun," Laura added, "doing something like this. It reminds me of how many good people there are, not asking for a lot in return. They just want to help."

For more information on the event in September or to pre-register, log on to http://walkini.nationalmssociety.org.

Zach's Ride

What: Poker Run and Hog Roast

When: June 12

Where: Gooseneck Brew, Brazil

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The first bikes will head out at noon. Bikes are due back by 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 per person to ride

For more information, call Laura Thompson at 812-201-7620.

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Sounds like a really fun time for a really good cause. I'd like to know more about the September Walk at St. Mary's. What day and do we have a Brazil team put together yet?

-- Posted by Claycountian on Sun, May 16, 2010, at 8:12 PM

If there is a Brazil team for Sept, I'd like in on it.

-- Posted by brazilian on Mon, May 17, 2010, at 9:46 AM

i would like to ride, but anytime it starts at a tavern , stops at , or endup at a tavern . i will stay home , alchol and motorcycles dont mix, it is hard enough to ride sober with all the texing, talking on cell phones , its not safe on the same road as some of the cage drivers.

-- Posted by nobob on Mon, May 17, 2010, at 9:24 PM

I doubt there going to bed handing out drinks to the riders.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Mon, May 17, 2010, at 10:06 PM

no they will buy them,

-- Posted by nobob on Tue, May 18, 2010, at 10:03 PM

Yes, there is a brazil team for the walk. We would love to have more members! You can call 812-201-7620 to join our team.

No, we are not encouraging drinking while riding!

Both Zach and his twin will be riding with their grandpa and his friend, so we definately DO NOT encourage drinking! We have too many friends to condone such stupidity!

-- Posted by tripletmom on Wed, May 19, 2010, at 9:25 AM

This is a wonderful cause. I too have MS.

I would love to participate but do not ride bikes :)

I will be calling the number provided for more information about the walk. I would love to get more involved. I would also like to know if there is any information about meetings, gatherings, and things of the sort for people with MS. I would love to get together with others who are in my shoes.

I would also like info on how to purchase a t-shirt so I can do my part (monetarily) for the MS Society. The National MS Library has been a wonderful resource for me and my family.

-- Posted by JQuick on Thu, May 20, 2010, at 1:35 AM

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