Shane Merz, 25-year supporter of the National MS Society, shares the story of why he rides.
“Make no mistake, a cause finds you,” explains Shane Merz, a 25-year participant of the MS 150. “When MS (multiple sclerosis) selected me, I didn’t have a choice in it, but it was up to me to answer the call.”
Shane’s mom, Dr. Mary Ann Merz, was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 1986. It was a tough diagnosis for the family, but they jumped into action to adjust their lives and get her the resources she needed.
In the 1980’s, accessible transportation was impossible without getting a custom-built van. He quickly learned the roof of a van needed to be raised to accommodate a wheelchair, the body would need to be lowered, and hydraulics installed to lift/lower the floor. Shane worked with a company that specialized in custom vans and realized the expense was not manageable for most families, so he purchased a van for his mom and purchased and donated a second van to the local MS Society, which he continues to support today.