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HOT PURSUIT

Wieman, Owatonna, motorcycle, multiple sclerosis, fundraiser
Carl and Denise Wieman of Owatonna are once again revving up their motorcycle to raise funds for multiple sclerosis, a disabling disease of the central nervous system. The Wiemans hope to raise $4,500 before the annual MS run in August. Submitted photo
Can’t keep a retired couple down
By
Rick Bussler, Publisher

Some people don’t let the grass grow under their feet whatsoever.

Even as they are both retired, Carl and Denise Wieman of Owatonna are proving that once again as they begin their quest to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) River Road Run.

I have known the Wiemans for several years and it always amazes me on the work they put into such a worthy cause.

MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. I had a family member who battled the disease for more than 20 years before dying of complications several years ago. In her final years, she was confined to a wheelchair and her husband was forced to be a constant caregiver. It was heart wrenching to see her suffer for so long, though she always seemed to be in good spirits.

The Wiemans have also been touched by MS. Denise’s niece, Lori Serbus, had MS for 23 years.

“We want to help others like Lori that have this devastating disease,” the Wiemans said.

This year will be Carl and Denise’s 21st year on the MS River Road Run. During the past two decades, they have raised nearly $84,000 for MS.

The Wiemans are hoping to raise $4,500. An anonymous donor has offered to donated an extra $250 if they surpass that goal. If Carl and Denise surpass $5,000, the donor will kick in another $250.

And the funds will certainly be put to good use.

New research has shown that nearly 1 million people are living with MS in the U.S. The money raised goes to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, which is a non profit organization dedicated to advancing the cure, prevention and treatment of MS.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. However, the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatments are giving hope to those affected.

Donations can be mailed to Carl and Denise Wieman, 524 Glendale St., Owatonna, MN 55060.

Besides fundraising, the Wiemans have also designed this year’s route for the ride, which begins in Lakeville on Aug. 20. They have selected a route on scenic back roads to Farmington, Hastings, Goodhue and Wabasha before crossing over the Mississippi River into Wisconsin and ending near Tomah for the night.

“We ride because we can and for those that cannot,” Carl says. “We believe in the quote of W. Hall Wendell, Jr.: ‘Work hard, play hard, give generously.’”

It’s certainly noble what the Wiemans have done for the past 20 years and continue to do now as they are both retired. I can only hope I have that kind of drive in me when I get into my golden years.

For now, it’s up to us to go in hot pursuit of helping the Wiemans strike down MS.

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