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KU STUDENT CYCLES 'COAST TO COAST' TO RAISE MONEY FOR NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY

April 30, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University sophomore and York, Pa. native Kayla Jacoby will spend her summer cycling for a cause. The elementary and special education major will join seven other cyclists as they ride down the Atlantic Coast to raise $30,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and educate others about multiple sclerosis. The group will leave on Monday, May 20, from Bar Harbor, Maine, to cycle 2,636 miles to Key West, Florida. 

Along the route from Maine to Florida, the team plans to promote MS awareness on one-day rest stops in Philadelphia, Nags Head, and Daytona Beach. The only female cyclist riding with Coast to Coast for MS: Atlantic Coast, Jacoby became interested in raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after her boyfriend, Cameron Swengel, Philadelphia University sophomore, began cycling for Coast to Coast for MS in 2011.

"Getting on a road bicycle was a new experience for me, but it has opened up so many opportunities," Jacoby said. "I wanted to do this as a way to help others and raise awareness for people who have multiple sclerosis and I am looking forward to interacting with people as we ride through towns. It's going to be a journey to explain how people with MS live and educate others about the ailment."

Weather compliant, the group plans to spend 35 days on the road, including 30 riding days, three break days and two packing days. They will ride an average of 88 miles per day and, at times, cycle through heavy rain and high temperatures. A support and gear vehicle will accompany them to carry equipment and ensure their safety throughout the journey. The group will spend their nights in campgrounds, host homes, hostels and, occasionally, hotels. 

For more information or to learn how to help, please visit http://coast2coastforms.webs.com, or contact Kayla Jacoby (kjaco155@live.kutztown.edu), coordinator Cameron Swengel (717) 858-4142 or Alex Klohr (609) 468-3289. During their coast to coast ride, the group will update their website, facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CoastToCoastForMs) and twitter (@CoastforMS), so supporters can keep track of their journey.