Kathryn Harris, admissions assistant at Life Care Center of Charleston, South Carolina, recently bicycled 110 miles to give her mother a chance for a brighter future.
Harris took part in the Bike MS Tour to Tanglewood on Sept. 17-18, 2016. The ride, which started and finished in Tanglewood Park, North Carolina, raised money for multiple sclerosis, from which Harris’ mother, LuAnna Harris, suffers.
“I was only 3 when Mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,” said Harris. “Her ability to walk has deteriorated more rapidly over the last few years. She doesn’t bike, take walks, work in the yard – all those things we all take for granted.”
Harris rode as part of Team Canturbury, captained by her father. The team came in second in the fundraising contest, bringing in more than $57,163.47. Harris personally raised $1,185.
Harris has participated in the MS Tour to Tanglewood for the last 10 years.
“Our family is dedicated to finding a cure for MS and raising money for research and service to individuals impacted by the disease,” said Harris. “In many ways it has made us closer. I know it makes my mom very happy that I participate in this event to benefit her. She is also in charge of the first water stop of the tour, so I get to see her just a few miles into the ride. She is my No. 1 cheerleader and my role model in everything I do in life!”
This year, Harris clocked a personal best record: 65 miles on Saturday and 45 miles on Sunday.
“The weather was perfect, and we had a great time!” Harris said.
Team Canterbury is collecting funds for MS through Oct. 19. To donate, please visit nationalmssociety.org.