Friday, July 15, 2011

Bike Ride for MS

Dear Family & Friends,

As most of you know, my precious Kimmy was diagnosed with MS fifteen years ago--it's hard to believe so many years have gone by! And while she's done very well over the years, we know that this disease could take over her body in any number of ways in no time at all. A couple of years ago a friend of ours went from walking, to a cane, to a wheelchair, to assisted living in the space of six months. For years he had functioned with the disease as well as Kimmy. We don't dwell on this kind of thing but we know it can happen and therefore we want to do everything we can now to stop the disease for Kimmy and the countless others who suffer with it.

Therefore, as we have every year for the last nine years, Kimmy and I have registered for the Bike MS: Star Tribune The Ride Across Minnesota 2011, or TRAM for short. TRAM is a 300-mile bike ride that will take us through Minnesota's Southeast bluff country and will raise over $1 million for MS research and programming along the way. This year Kimmy was asked to be the TRAM ambassador which means that she'll be speaking in various venues, she'll be featured in major and minor media, and she'll be riding with Julie Guthrie from the "Amazing Race" who's joining us for a couple of days this year to raise awareness and money. We're very excited about this opportunity, please pray that Kimmy will be bold and share Jesus through her suffering.

If you would like to help support us in this effort you can pray or give or both. Your tax-deductible donation to the MS Society on our behalf can be made via this link http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=6072478&fr_id=15251&pg=personal, or you can send a check (made out to the MS Society) to the Handrens at 8195 Parell Avenue NE, Otsego, Minnesota 55330. If you feel led to pray for us, please pray for boldness, physical strength, healing for my achilles heel which was strained a week ago, safety on the road, and hearts that will never forget Jesus or others who need a loving word or touch.

Thank you so much for your time and for your friendship. Many of you have walked through this with us for years and we love and appreciate you! May the Lord richly bless you for your love toward us.

With hope in Jesus Christ alone,
Charlie

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