William Woods Faculty Member Gives Back to Community

Biking 150 miles is no small feat, but for Joseph Kyger, assistant professor of chemistry at William Woods University, the long trip was well worth it.

Raising money for multiple sclerosis, Kyger participated in the Bike MS Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride 2008 in Columbia on Sept. 6 and 7.

A second-year veteran, Kyger competed with a team that included WWU alum George Yates and two individuals currently living with MS. This made the journey even more special for Kyger.

“Riding next to these two (individuals) helped me to really understand the disease and what it is actually like to have to get up everyday and cope with a challenge such as having MS.”

To compete, each rider had to raise at least $250. Raising most of the money on the William Woods campus, Kyger is happy that not only he, but the university got the chance to be a part of this community event.

“I really believe that as you go through life, you should be contributing to the community. If I’m in good enough physical shape, why not do events like this? It was also great for the WWU community to help out. They helped make this cycle possible.”

Every year, the Bike MS Express Scripts Ride in Columbia attracts more than 3,000 riders. Participants have the option of biking 40, 75 or 100 miles each day.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic central nervous system disease that affects the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. It is believed to be an autoimmune disorder, meaning the immune system attacks healthy tissue. It can cause paralysis, blindness and many other debilitating effects.

CUTLINE: George Yates (left) and Joe Kyger on their bikes.