The Tin Knockers Militia Local 19 have made their return in triumphant fashion! And make no mistake, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society welcomes back the 11-member Sheet Metal Workers team — which included family members and friends — as they raised funds for MS!
“We used to have a bike team,” said Bryan Bush, Assistant Business Manager with Sheet Metal Workers Local 19. “From around 2004 to 2005, we had an annual team and then last year, we wanted to ride in the 2015 Bike MS: City to Shore, but the ride was canceled due to the storm.”
Fortunately for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Tin Knockers Militia came back and ready with a solid group of riders on September 24, 2016.
The team, made up of Local 19 members, family and friends from the surrounding South Jersey and Philadelphia region included Bryan and Trish Bush, Jackie Kinkade, Diane Silcox, Bobby Ortiz, Darryl A. Williams, Karen Masino, Sue Rubin, Ron and Tabitha Bush and Jeff Barron. The group met at the Woodcrest PATCO station in Cherry Hill, NJ, a little after 6:00 a.m. to join 7,000 other bike riders for the annual event to raise money to create a world free of MS.
“Some of the members will ride 80 miles to Ocean City, New Jersey, while others will take an extra 20 mile loop for the centennial ride,” said Bush. “The extra 20 will depend on how we feel after the first 80.”
Bryan’s wife, Trish, volunteered to take photos of the team during their ride. From their first break at Mile 31 to the bridge entering Ocean City, Trish captured the strength and perseverance of the team, as well as the beautiful day, which was a sharp contrast to the previous year.
“Our Local alone donated $3,000 to our team and we have now exceeded $4,000,” said Bush. The team continued to smile as they rode off with their medals a little after 5:00 p.m. in Ocean City, New Jersey.
Congratulations to the Tin Knockers Militia for their contribution to this very worthy cause.