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MS fundraiser ride nets thousands in search of cure

Just prior to the ride scheduled for Aug. 6-7 members of the Kingsley Field Bicycle Team posed for a shot on the ramp in front of their namesake the F-15 Eagle aircraft. Members of the team then made their way to the Columbia Gorge to participate in the 2011 annual Oregon Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour.  (U.S. National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson) RELEASED

Just prior to the ride scheduled for Aug. 6-7 members of the Kingsley Field Bicycle Team posed for a shot on the ramp in front of their namesake the F-15 Eagle aircraft. Members of the team then made their way to the Columbia Gorge to participate in the 2011 annual Oregon Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour. (U.S. National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson) RELEASED

Team members Anthony Morehead (left), and Chief Master Sgt. Victor Ford (center) begin a days cycling at the starting line during the annual Oregon Multiple Sclerosis Bike tour August 6, 2011.  (U.S. National Guard Photo) RELEASED

Team members Anthony Morehead (left), and Chief Master Sgt. Victor Ford (center) begin a days cycling at the starting line during the annual Oregon Multiple Sclerosis Bike tour August 6, 2011. (U.S. National Guard Photo) RELEASED

Kingsley Bike Team member Anthony Morehead pedals along a level stretch of road near the Columbia River on the way to tallying more than 80 miles for the day.during the annual Oregon Multiple Sclerosis Bike tour August 6, 2011.  (U.S. National Guard Photo) RELEASED

Kingsley Bike Team member Anthony Morehead pedals along a level stretch of road near the Columbia River on the way to tallying more than 80 miles for the day.during the annual Oregon Multiple Sclerosis Bike tour August 6, 2011. (U.S. National Guard Photo) RELEASED

COLUMBIA GORGE, Ore. -- Members and friends of the 173rd Fighter Wing mashed the pedals in an effort to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis, during the Oregon Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour Aug. 6 & 7.

After traveling to Mount Hood Community College eight riders wearing bright red jerseys featuring Kingsley Field F-15s rode bicycles over 1,200 miles cumulatively through the Columbia Gorge past notable sites including Multnomah Falls. The Oregon Chapter's efforts have raised more than $324,000 cumulatively for MS related research.

The ride is personal to many of the 173rd Fighter Wing members who lost one of their own to MS. Master Sgt. Bob Miller, a former weapons troop, passed away in 2000 from the effects of the disease.

He has been commemorated each year since by the Kingsley Field bicycle team who ride in his honor during the Oregon Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour.

This year Barb Cloninger, Bob Morehead, Anthony Morehead, Rafe Pierce, John Whiddon, Brian Wigen, Jason Pham and Vic Ford rode to cure multiple sclerosis.
For more information on participating on the Kingsley Field Bicycle Team and joining the fight against multiple sclerosis contact, Chief Master Sgt. Vic Ford at (541) 885-6620.