When Sonic Foundry CFO Ken Minor’s wife, Karen, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, they wanted to do as much as they could to raise money for research to find a cure, before she and others affected by the disease became permanently impacted by it.
He, with the help of friends, family and colleagues, founded the Sonic Streamers Bike MS team, sponsored by Sonic Foundry. Bike MS helps the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and assist people with MS — an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain — live their best lives.
Each year the Sonic Streamers, a group of about 100, participate in the 150-mile, two-day Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride from Milwaukee to Madison, which was held last Saturday. To date, the Sonic Streamers team has raised about $1.3 million, one of only two teams in Wisconsin to reach that significant milestone. Each year, the team raises about $100,000.
Eighteen years ago there were only three medications on the market. Now, thanks in part to funding from events like this, the number of FDA-approved medications on the market has grown to 13, according to the National MS Society.