Dr. Pete McKay, a dentist in Seven Lakes, is doing his annual bike ride for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
This is Dr. McKay’s twenty-fifth year doing a bike ride for MS, and the whole family gets involved.
In past years, his children would help volunteer at events to help support the cause, especially since Dr. McKay’s wife was diagnosed with MS.
His two oldest daughters rode across the country to raise support for finding a cure. This bike ride took them from Yorktown, Virginia to San Francisco, California over the course of sixty-two days.
This year, Dr. McKay has set a goal to raise $10,000 with the help of family, friends, and other supporters.
“They feel like their donation is going to something really good,” Dr. McKay said. “It’s such a neat feeling to do something like that.”
During September, he will be doing two different rides. The first will be in Historic Newbourne during September 8th-9th, and the second will be the Tour to Tanglewood during September 22nd-23rd.
Dr. McKay hopes to do a century this year, which is a 100-mile bike ride.
“I have done century rides before. I want to be able to do a century again,” he said. “I want to applaud the MS Society for doing what they do… For the good rest stops and food along the way.”
Dr. McKay has been riding as a part of Team Canterbury for years. This year, the team is sponsored by the First Bank corporation, where Team Captain Frank Harris works. All of the team’s shirts are paid for by First Bank.
“We have a lot of fun,” Dr. McKay said. “In the last three years, I raised $10,000-$12,000 per year. I remember getting excited about raising $500.”
Dr. McKay also rides for himself in addition for MS. After an injury in his twenties, he was told to ride a bike to help his health.
“Doc told me to ride a bike and ride forever,” he said. “If nothing else, it gives me an excuse to ride. It helps me to make more of an effort.”
Dr. McKay would like to thank all those who have continued to support him over the years.
“So much is attributed to loyal sponsors,” he said.