Randy Rangel opened “Randy’s Bike and Run Shop” about 10 years ago. He says about a year later he learned his friends were going on MS Bike rider and wanted to become involved as well.
“I didn’t know about multiple sclerosis or how it existed. I had a lot of friends that has spouses that had multiple sclerosis and so I started doing a little bit of research, started reading, got online and found out a lot of people have it and come to find out my friend’s spouses have it,” Randy Rangel says.
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. MS can cause symptoms including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, blindness, and more. Over 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide and because symptoms can be invisible, the prevalence of MS in the U.S. can only be estimated.
“I’ve been doing the bike rides for bout 9 years There are a couple bike rides we do put some teams together from my shop– Nearly all of them are from San Angelo, we have a couple people from out of town that were from San Angelo that will meet up with us to go do the ride,” Rangel says.
Rangel says he has assembled a team of 25 for the Valero Ride to the River 2018 located in San Antonio, Texas this October.
“The one we’re going to do will start in San Antonio and end in New Braunfels. Then the next day we will wake up back in New Braunfels, get back up and do like a big loop along the Comal River and end up back in New Braunfels again,” Rangel says.
Aside from practicing for the 150 mile ride, Rangel has also made efforts in hosting fundraisers and bringing awareness.
“So the biggest reason I do this is to raise awareness, to raise money for the money to go to the foundation for research and development to help with multiple sclerosis,” Rangel says.