Today's guest post is provided by Ben Limmer, ReadyTalk Software Developer
ReadyTalk is a company that truly cares for its employees and their families. When I started with the engineering department I heard about the Charitable Contributions Committee, an employee-run group that helps disperse a quarterly allotment of funds to charities that matter to our employees and their families. I brought the idea of sponsoring a ReadyTalk team to ride in the annual Bike MS 150, a charity bike ride to raise money for the National MS Society, and the group loved the idea.
The National MS Society’s goal is to help end the suffering caused by Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological disease that affects over 350,000 people in the United States. There is no known cure for MS and many people with this disease end up suffering from everything from slowed reaction times to paralysis. The MS Society actively sponsors research to better understand the cause, find how to prevent MS in the first place, and ultimately cure people who already have the disease. They are also an active political entity, influencing legislators and politicians to champion the needs of families affected by MS. Bike MS events take place all over the country and help to raise millions of dollars.
A few weeks ago, ReadyTalk donated over $4500 to sponsor eleven riders to ride in the 2012 Colorado Bike MS 150. Our team jerseys were generously donated by Susie Limmer, a local Denver-area realtor. The team started bright-and-early on Saturday morning, riding over sixty miles from Westminster, CO to the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, CO. The route toured through the foothills and beautiful farmland - the scenery was breathtaking throughout the ride. On the way, some of our veteran riders helped new riders learn basic team cycling skills and provided encouragement to keep pushing through the day. We finished the day in Fort Collins by relaxing with some Colorado craft beer and a carb-heavy meal before our second day. We woke up around 5:30am the next morning to get an early start on getting back to where we started the ride in Westminster, CO. The second day route had some more rolling hills than the first day, so our tired legs had a bit of trouble adjusting to the more difficult ride. Even though it was a bit more difficult, we all pushed through and finished the ride in great time.
The event was a great way for co-workers with similar interests to build community while having fun and supporting a great cause. As a son and nephew of people suffering from MS, I am humbled by ReadyTalk’s generosity in donating almost five thousand dollars to help find a cure. I can’t wait for next year’s event!
Learn more about ReadyTalk's other charitable activities.