A Family Affair: Cycling for a cure for MS

Three generations of one family come together to stomp out M.S.

It’s a family affair.  Three generations of one family coming together to stomp out  M.S.

It’s personal.

Karen Francisco was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 13 years ago. She’s 66 years old.

“I’m not going to let it win,” she says.

We caught up with Karen and her family in Seattle as they were training for the cycling event that’s near and dear to their hearts. It’s "Bike MS: The Deception Pass Classic" sponsored by the National MS Society. Their goal is to complete 90 miles of cycling in two days on September 10 and 11.

Karen’s son Scott holds back tears as he talks about his mom.

“On my mind the whole time I’m riding. I’m out there for her.” Karen’s 12-year-old granddaughter Emma says. “I can’t do this.”

The interview she means, as she holds back tears as well.  Like I said, this family affair, this MS ride, is personal.

Multiple Sclerosis affects people in different ways. Karen feels fortunate she can do many things still. That she can still cycle is a blessing.

“My life right now is wonderful.”  It’s the "tomorrows" she’s worried about, and the family is worried about.

Together, they’ll be cycling for a cause, cycling for a cure, and cycling to raise awareness and dollars.

“My hope is that before I’m gone that I see they’ve come up with some means to stop this,” says husband Al.

The things we do for each other when we’re family.

“I don’t know what I wouldn’t do,” says Scott. This is that kind of family.

“Family’s everything. It always has been,” says Al. 

Copyright 2016 KING


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