Ten years ago, when Jill Eisenberg of Reisterstown was looking for a physical challenge, some friends talked her into riding in the Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge with them. The 42-year-old graphic designer finished the 100-mile course but she hasn’t finished supporting MS. Over the past decade, she’s helped raise $20,000 to support a cure for multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system, which strikes more than 10,000 Marylanders, most of whom are between the ages of 20 to 50.
Four years ago, Jill met Michael Tomlin, a fellow cyclist and longtime participant of Bike MS. On that first day, she rode 10 miles with him to the nearest rest stop, where he told her, “Thanks. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without you.” Back then, Michael wasn’t in shape to ride 100 miles, but today he is. He lost weight, started working out regularly, and has kept the symptoms of MS largely at bay. Today, they keep in touch and ride together. “He keeps me motivated,” she says.
As if participating in Bike MS isn’t enough, Jill also participates in Walk MS and has led her company’s team at the Aberdeen event for the past 4 years..
This year’s Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge takes place May 31 and June 1st, and is based out of the Talbot County Community Center in Easton, MD. Visit BikeMSMaryland.org for more information.