Among the many things that make Mullica Hill such a great place to live are the incredibly caring, giving and supportive people that live here. This month we highlight Amanda’s Angels: a perfect example of what makes this town a true “community” in every sense of the word.
Amanda’s Angels is a group of friends, neighbors, colleagues and family that formed a bike team to raise visibility and funds for the National MS Society. They support research, education and services for people affected by multiple sclerosis, an auto-immune disease that affects over 400,000 Americans. Unfortunately, it is becoming even more prevalent in the Northeast.
Team captain, Pat Duffey, formed Amanda’s Angels for Bike MS in 2011 with a group of friends who shared his passion for cycling. The team, which is over 75 members strong, rides together throughout the spring and summer, culminating in the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride in September. They ride with purpose because, as they say, “riding 150 miles is nowhere near as difficult as confronting a lifetime with MS.” In 2012 Amanda’s Angels raised over $33,000 to support the National MS Society!
What makes this team extra special is the inspiration behind it. Amanda Wood-Hogan, Mullica Hill resident and mother of two, was diagnosed with MS in 2006 when her son was just 11 months old. An otherwise ordinary day changed her life forever; she awoke unable to move her left leg and unable to walk. After hospitalization and heavy steroids, Amanda regained her mobility and six years later she is doing fabulous…better, in fact, than her doctor ever expected.
Amanda credits her commitment to staying fit, eating healthy and always maintaining a postive outlook. If you’ve met her, you know Amanda is not one to let life get her down. She is an extremely positive and upbeat person who believes firmly in mind over matter . “I am bigger than this,” she says with spirited determination. She is eternally grateful for the amazing support, friendships and sheer good-heartedness of the people in this community.
Do you love to ride? Join Amanda’s Angels and ride 25 miles, 175 miles, or anything in between. Visit amandasangels.org to learn more about the different distance options in the City to Shore Ride. If riding isn’t for you, there are still plenty of ways to help. You can volunteer, donate or become a team sponsor. Regardless of how you choose to participate, Amanda’s Angels would love to have you on their team!