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Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:56 am EDT

Cycling for a Cause: One Employee's Motivation for Taking on Bike MS

With more than a decade of cycling experience, Sanofi Genzyme’s Scott Sherman, Head of US Multiple Sclerosis Marketing, is channeling – or shall we say pedaling – his passion for the MS community by captaining Sanofi Genzyme’s bike team for the National MS Society's Cape Cod Getaway (CCG). During this annual ride, cyclists pedal 150 miles through Massachusetts in two days. This year’s event will take place on June 25-26.

Not only does the Cape Cod Getaway event raise millions of dollars for MS research and support services each year, it also promotes broader awareness of the disease and honors the more than 21,000 individuals and families affected by MS in the region.

For the fourth consecutive year, Sanofi Genzyme will participate as a team in the CCG, becoming an established supporter of the event and building close ties with cyclists, patients, volunteers and families who are also dedicated to fighting MS. Over the past year, Scott has personally helped grow the bike team, tapping into the Company’s legacy of going beyond office walls to make a positive change in the disease areas it serves.

Scott’s passion for cycling is evident. He first began mountain biking in the early 1990s, later focusing on road cycling in 2003, a hobby that he grew to love and take on more seriously in 2007. “For me, cycling is about the rush of pushing past your limits, overcoming challenges,” said Scott. “It has exposed me to places I normally would have never seen in my lifetime — the Eastern Sierras, Canadian Rockies, and the craters of Hawaii.”

Combining Scott’s passion for cycling with his work in the MS field at Sanofi Genzyme has brought greater meaning to his cycling hobby. “MS awareness events like the CCG bring a new level of passion and commitment beyond what we bring to the job or contribute to the MS Community on a daily basis,” he said. “The spirit, camaraderie and teamwork on display is unmatched. It’s truly inspirational.”

Over the years, Scott has taken part in dozens of cycling and disease awareness events. But, he says, the CCG sets itself apart. “It’s electric. This race includes riders of all abilities rallying together for the common cause of helping those living with MS. Riding next to hundreds of people living with MS brings special meaning to the event.” Scott explains that the CCG event means way more than just conquering 150 miles or raising money. “While those things are great,” he said. “The key is to recognize those who ride with this awful disease as well as those who cannot. This will be my 13th year participating. The sense of accomplishment I continue to feel is overwhelming.”

Scott loves to encourage involvement in the CCG experience, either as a rider or as a volunteer. “Without volunteers, the event would not exist,” he said. “They are essential to the registration, support, and event management success. I always make it a point to thank the volunteers at every opportunity.”

But, if riding sounds interesting, Scott encourages you to start training. “It’s never too late! Be patient with yourself. Don’t ride beyond your limits. And remember that safety comes first, always.”

Since getting involved, Scott has been instrumental is growing the Sanofi Genzyme bike team. In 2015, the team nearly doubled in size. And in 2016, to the team continues to grow. When asked what he is most proud of, Scott speaks enthusiastically about this team. “Every year, we work diligently to grow the team and rally around the cause. Building the team through word of mouth and experience and commitment is special. It can be hard to give up a full summer weekend to participate in such an event. I am incredibly proud of those individuals to come together as a team to raise money and awareness for the MS community.”

About Bike MS

Bike MS raises more money than any other cycling event for any other cause. To date, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers and donors have raised over $1 billion for people affected by MS.

Learn more about how to get involved in this year’s Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway.

Last Updated: 7/18/2017
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