While many Marietta College students were enjoying their final few days of summer before school started, there was a small group who were pedaling their way in the heat through northern Ohio to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Beta Rho chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity participated in Pedal to the Point for the third year Aug. 14-15. Pedal to the Point is a two-day, 150-mile bike tour that goes from Middleburg Heights to Sandusky and back. The team, which was compromised of two alumni, one ATO from another chapter, five active members and one Alpha Xi Delta have raised $10,582 for the National MS Society.
For two members, the ride is especially important.
Blake Johnson ’11 (Parkersburg, W.Va.) has a mother who is living with MS and chapter advisor, Roger Patterson ’62’s wife has MS.
ATO was founded by Otis Allan Glazebrook, Erskine Mayo Ross and Alfred Marshall, at the Virginia Military Institute in 1865 upon Christian-not Greek-principles.
“My mother has been very fortunate as she currently has the slow-progressing form of MS,” Johnson said. “She has her bad days where it is hard for her to walk much and her better days. Her legs sometimes just give out without warning as well. She actually broke her hip about a year ago while just standing in the kitchen, her legs just gave out and she fell, but she has healed well and is able to get around pretty well now. ATO makes a difference by raising money to help individuals with MS currently and for those who will develop MS in the future.”
Patterson was the one who got the chapter involved in participating in Pedal to the Point.
It is a yearlong fundraiser that includes a letter campaign and a spaghetti dinner.
After raising more than $10,000 the National Headquarters felt as though this deserved recognition. The ATOs are featured on www.atoroadshow.org.