Make Your Mark: MSA Awareness Tour 2014

Cycling to raise awareness of Multiple System Atrophy

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raise the steaks for MSA

july 8, Columbus, OHio

Raise the Steaks for MSA is being held at Logan's Roadhouse at Easton Town Center, 3969 Morse Crossing, Columbus, Ohio 43219, Tuesday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT

Logan's Roadhouse will donate up to 20% of adult pre-tax dining checks to the MSA Coalition Research Fund. There will be a raffle for a basket of Ohio State items and a table display about MSA and the coalition. MSA gel bands also will be available for purchase

To contribute to the fundraiser, patrons must present a Raise the Steaks for MSA ticket or mention the event to your server. Tickets will be available at Logan's Roadhouse, or download and print here. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Coinciding with Raise the Steaks for MSA is an MSA Meet and Greet in honor of Make Your Mark: MSA Awareness Tour 2014 for families and friends of those affected by MSA, in a reserved party room at Logan's from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Similarly, Logan's Roadhouse will donate 20% of meal tickets purchased during the Meet and Greet to the MSA Coalition.

Reservations for Raise the Steaks are not necessary, but MSA families and friends should RSVP so we have an idea how many will be coming to the Meet and Greet.


pedaling for pizza

july 7, kettering, OHio

In honor of Make Your Mark: MSA Awareness Tour 2014, La Rosa's Pizzeria, 2801 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, Ohio 45429, will donate 10% of each customer's entire check on July 7 (all day!) to Hope for MSA, an organization that directly benefits the research of Dr. Charles Ide of Western Michigan University. Dr. Ide's laboratory is researching the molecular and cellular basis of multiple system atrophy. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

You must bring a copy of this flier or mention MSA to your server for your check to count toward this fundraiser. Valid for dine-in, carry-out or delivery.




We'll be assembling around 8:30 a.m. CDT for a 9 a.m. tour start near Addison Street and Lake Shore Drive, riding the lakefront trail to its end at South Shore Cultural Center (rest stop). We'll then take South Shore Blvd. to the Burnham Greenway, ride around Wolf Lake into Indiana, pick up the Erie Lackawanna Trail and then the Oak Savannah Trail to Hobart, Ind., where we will celebrate Independence Day with a barbecue, featuring homemade ice cream. We will share the exact route with riders and supporters about a week in advance.

If you'd like to ride or volunteer, e-mail We will need help with set-up, registration, handing out refreshments at two rest stops and transportation of some riders back to Chicago. Riders are asked to make a minimum $25 donation to the MSA Coalition.

kickoff fundraiser


Meet and send off the riders of Make Your Mark: MSA Awareness Tour 2014 at Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen in the Hard Rock Hotel. Las Vegas-based chef Kerry Simon, called the Rock 'N Roll Chef by Rolling Stone Magazine, is an Evanston native who is battling MSA himself and has become an outspoken advocate for the cause.

Chuck's will donate 20% of the proceeds from sales of the Iron Chef Burger, the Portobella Cap Sandwich and Simon Says Sangria to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition. We'll be there starting at 6 p.m. CDT, but the offer is good all day.


dysautonomia international lobby day

july 14, washington, DC

The tour concludes Monday, July 14, at Peace Circle, Pennsylvania Avenue at First Street, N.W., right by the United States Capitol, where we will meet attendees of Dysautonomia International's annual conference for the organization's lobby day at approximately 9:20 a.m. EDT. (MSA is the most severe of the disorders of the autonomic nervous system.) Dysautonomia International members will be meeting with legislators and their staff that day, so we chose this iconic setting for the last leg of the tour.

You will also have a chance to see Tim's Shoe, an important symbol of MSA awareness.


Bringing it home

july 12-13, hagerstown, md

You're invited to ride with us the last full day of the tour on Sunday, July 13. We'll get going from Hagerstown at around 8 a.m. EDT and ride 58 miles — almost all downhill — to Rockville, Md. If you want to stay over with us the night of the 12th in Hagerstown, we have secured a group rate of $70 plus tax for rooms with two queen beds at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 920 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Call (301) 739-9050 to book, and ask for the MSA Tour group rate. This offer is good for reservations made by July 8.

Please also join us for dinner at Barefoot Bernie's, right across the street at 901 Dual Highway. The restaurant will donate 10% of our party's checks to the MSA Coalition and offer free admission to those 21 and older to the nearby Cancun Cantina West.  


welcome home

july 13, rockville, md

Welcome the tour to Mark's longtime hometown of Rockville, Md., on Sunday, July 13. The first riders should arrive a little after 11 a.m. EDT, and we expect most to be done by early afternoon because it will be a fast, mostly downhill course from Hagerstown. Celebrate with Mark's family and friends at Village Green Park, 401 Casey Lane, Rockville, inside the Fallsgrove development. Lunch and refreshments will be available.