Brotherly Love: Inspired By Wife’s MS, Cyclist Raises $264K
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – When a Montgomery County man discovered his wife had a potentially fatal disease, he refused to sit still. He flew into action.
Kristen McVeigh was an athletic young mom of two when she started noticing headaches and memory problems.
“I started to have some vision problems,” Kristen said. “I would look at the clock and one minute I could see the time. Next time I would look back, five minutes later, it would be blurry.”
Kristen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her husband Brian was devastated but determined.
“I had to do something. And it was tough, ’cause, what do you do?” Brian said. “So I bought a bike.”
He’s barely stopped riding ever since. Brian used that bike to raise money in his first Bike MS: City to Shore Ride and has now built a whole team, Team Inspire. Their team shirt design was inspired by the favorite colors of the entire McVeigh family.
Has this team grown! More than 100 team members have raised more than $264,000 dollars over the years to fight MS. They’re the top fundraising team for the City to Shore bike ride.
“He likes to be the best at what he does, which is great in this case,” said Kristen.
Brian isn’t just raising money on a bike. He has also held poker nights and other fun events.
“I even dressed up as Wonder Woman, sat in a dunk tank,” laughed Brian. “Kids got a kick out of that.”
Thanks to medications, Kristen has been healthy enough to join them on their last two bike rides.
Brian does it not only for Kristen and others with MS, but for his girls, who hope to join him in the ride one day.
“I hope my kids are watching and they realize they can make a difference,” Brian said.
Brian’s goal this year is to raise $50,000 for MS in this year’s Bike MS City to Shore Ride.
Reported by Dave Huddleston, CBS 3