How it came to be, Team Evesham,Sandy Student and me……Shortly after my wife was diagnosed with MS many years ago, my perspective on life changed; instead of being spectator for change I attempted to make changes; I took an active role in fundraising, giving back to society and volunteering in my community. Every year my wife and I would raise money and recruit for the MS walk in Philadelphia. When my wife could no longer participate in the walk, I stopped attending. At a local event in Cherry Hill my fellow scouter Dave Beuchamnin suggested I try to enter the MS150 City to Shoe ride. I scoffed at the idea of riding a bike 75 miles in total disbelief. Dave proceeded to tell me he just joined a bike team that helped him complete the ACS ride just a week ago and assured me I would be OK. With much trepidation I researched and purchased my first road bike. With no other experience, gear or clothes I set off to meet Dave and Team Evesham at the parking lot of LL Bean with my new bike and nothing but fear and doubt. When the cyclists all split up Dave went out with his group leaving me alone. When along came a gentlemen with a snazzy blue bike, all geared up with Team Evesham colors. Thinking this expert biker was taking pity on me; the man smiled and introduced himself as Sandy. The man thanked me for coming out and said he was going to ride with me the entire ride and I would be fine. True to his word Sandy stayed behind me the entire 25 miles. Along the ride Sandy and I shared stories of volunteering and what giving back involves. Reaching the end of that first ride was quite profound for me; I had never achieved such a physical goal and there were actually other people that truly cared. Sandy told me the MS 150 was Team Evesham’s biggest ride of the year and there would be many new riders so I would not be alone. Moreover, Sandy assured me that if I trained with the team I could do the entire 75 miles no problem. Over the next few weeks I rode under Brad Davis at a B level struggling many times to keep up however Brad always had the group wait up for me. A week before the event, Brad and Sandy had us do a 60 mile B pace ride, I was ready. On the day of the MS150 I was totally overwhelmed at the number of team riders we had. So many team mates introduced themselves to me, rode alongside me and at each rest stop the positive feeling by everyone was truly moving. At the final leg of the ride, Sandy had us all gather to tackle the bridges together and ride through the finish as one team. Seeing my wife at the end, hearing all the cheers, the high fives from my team and the accomplishment I felt literally brought me to tears. It was one of the highlights of my life. Team Evesham is now my other family; we truly do care for one another, encourages one other, and never leave a rider behind. I have made quality friendships with purpose. Every ride is an enjoyable experience regardless of the conditions. I keep pushing myself to do more things physically where many cannot believe I am old as I am. The generosity and commitment of this team make you want to be a better person and that is rare and remarkable feat.