Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Sun, July 29 2012 at 7:05 PM, Updated: Sun, July 29 2012 at 7:24 PM
A group of bicyclists from our area will be heading into the Willamette Valley to ride for a cause later this week.
Ashley Rejcek was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008.
Now she's leading a team in our state's Bike MS event this year.
She said it's her way to fight back against the disease and help find a cure.
"The whole event is just so motivational, so encouraging and then we ride Saturday for a 103 miles and Sunday for 55, so god-willing we're still standing at the very end," laughed Rejcek.
Multiple sclerosis is more prevalent in the Pacific Northwest. Symptoms vary, but can include extreme fatigue, muscle spasms or loss of balance.
If you would like to donate to Ashley Rejcek's Team Rough Riders, visit http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/teamroughriders.
All money raised will go to the National MS Society and will be used to find a cure.
In order to raise money for their cause, the team will also be holding a trivia night with raffle items and door prizes at 4 Daughters Irish Pub in Medford on July 30th at 7:30pm.
Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.
Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.