ABOUT NORMALIZE COMPASSION
Normalize Compassion is a team of individuals and businesses who are working together to raise $60K for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2019 through the annual fundraising cycling series, Bike MS. Team Normalize Compassion is the first team to represent the downtown area of Winston-Salem as a community and recognize the need for more awareness of the disease. This is the team’s second year.
The team itself is comprised of amateur cyclists who raise money individually throughout the year, and as a team, through planning and executing fundraising events and promotions that partner with local area businesses. A full list of these events can be found here. It is regularly updated as new events and promotions are planned. The team roster is also regularly updated, as new members can join at any time. To be a part of the team, as a rider or just a fundraiser, click here (We’d love to have you!)
In addition to raising funds all year, the team’s efforts culminate in Bike MS: Tour To Tanglewood, a 200-mile two-day bike ride through Yadkin- and Forsyth Counties that occurs in September. Each year, nearly a thousand cyclists participate in this ride to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Normalize Compassion rides together regularly to condition for this weekend.
Team Normalize Compassion was founded just last year, and received the Bike MS: Tour To Tanglewood Rookie Team Of The Year award for raising nearly $30,000 for the cause during their flagship season. Team captain Molly Grace lives with Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and is a otherwise a full-time volunteer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as an advocate, a District Activist Leader, and lobbyist. Last year she recieved the Sylvia Lawry Legacy Award for her work with the society, Bike MS, and Team Normalize Compassion. In October 2018 she did a solo bike tour from Raleigh to New York City to raise funds for the team and awareness for her disease and the MS Society. Molly’s story can be found here on her personal fundraising page.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Bike MS contribute millions of dollars to Multiple Sclerosis research, as well as providing resources for living and coping to all who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis. More information about the disease, the allocation of funds, and these resources can be found here.
About The Team Members
We are always looking for new riders. Each new rider brings more funds and more heart to our little group. We grow close, work together, and make a difference, and have fun. NO RIDING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Many of us were not cyclists before joining. We can help get you a bike. We will help you get in shape. We will help you raise the funds! To ride with us click here.
MOLLY GRACE, Team Captain
Molly Grace, has been living with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis for 11 years. Last year, after participating in the Tour to Tanglewood 2017 and riding her first double century, she decided to start her own team. Her vision was to gather a motley crew team of amateur riders of all different levels who could grow together as cyclists and compassionate community members. Molly is a full-time volunteer with the MS Society as a District Activist and lobbyist, and also sits on the Bike MS: Tour To Tanglewood Planning Committee. She is a certified support group leader for people living with Multiple Sclerosis, is a single mother, and does not undergo treatment for her MS at this time. In October 2018 Molly rode her bike solo from Raleigh to New York City to help raise funds for the team. She was awarded the Sylvia Lawry Legacy Award last year for her involvement and was in the Top 100 fundraisers for the Tour To Tanglewood 2017 and 2018. Her full story can be found here.
KATIE NESHEK, Co-Captain
KATIE & JASON FANNING
As of now, Team Normalize Compassion is comprised of nearly 30 riders and volunteers who have been using their spring and summer months to raise money on their own, as well as plan fundraisers together to reach their goal. While some team members had personal connections to the disease, many more didn't before joining. Some are regular cyclists and some hadn't spent much time on a bike before now. The group has been working with partnering businesses to create fundraisers, as well as joining their various resources and skills to promote the cause.
Molly Grace and the Ride to New York
While the Tour to Tanglewood takes place in September, the team will be raising money throughout the Fall. In October, Grace plans to ride her bike from North Carolina to New York City, a 600-mile trek, in one last fundraising push. This ride will be self-supported, meaning no support vehicle will be joining her, and the funding for the journey comes from Grace alone. All funds raised in the effort will go toward the team’s fundraising total.