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Hundreds of bike riders brave the cold temperatures to support a good cause.
The 18th annual "Bike to Jack and Back" was held this weekend.
Cyclists are glad to help raise money to fight multiple sclerosis.
Two days and 150 miles.
Bike riders cross the finish line at Page High School, collecting a medal for their efforts to help cure multiple sclerosis.
"It's very hard to ride 150 miles, but it's well worth it," says bike rider David Kessler.
This is David Kessler's 6th ride to Lynchburg and back.
The name on his bike shows it's a personal mission. He is raising money he hopes will help his sister Clara Boyd, who has MS.
"Grateful to all my family and friends that were willing to help sponsor it. It really means a lot," says Kessler.
About 1000 bike riders left Franklin Saturday and rode 75 miles to the Jack Daniel distillery in Lynchburg.
After a party and a good night's sleep, they made the return trip.
Many riders organized teams to help raise money for MS research.
"We were out to dinner last night and we had our jerseys on, and one of the waitresses came up and said I want to thank you, I was just diagnosed with MS, and people like you make a difference, so it means a lot to us," says bike rider Ian Ramsey.
Volunteer Diane Wilkins also has the disabling disease. She tries to thank each bike rider personally.
"The fact that so many people come out and support something like this, it's just phenomenal to me. I just think it's a wonderful cause," says Diane Wilkins.
David Kessler is putting his bike away until next year's ride.
Meanwhile, he hopes for the cure that will heal his sister.
"I'm very grateful for my family, and grateful to be able to do something like this. It's not easy, but I'm very blessed to be able to do it," says Kessler.
The Jack and Back ride raises more than $600,000 for the National MS Society.
In addition to the 1,000 riders, about 200 volunteers also participate.
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Sunday, October 7 2012, 04:37 PM CDT
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