Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by JOLEN STEIN -- Bike MS participants representing Team BASF during a recent bike fundraiser, from left, are Brent Granger, Jervey Cheveallier, Tracy Cheveallier, Glen Achord and David Mayeux. Riders began the 150-mile trek from Hammond on Oct. 4 to raise funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

A cycling team from BASF’s Geismar site raised $9,660 during the annual Bike MS, a two-day, 150-mile ride Oct. 4-5 that raises money and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The teams’ fundraising total was supported by a donation from BASF.

“As part of our commitment to our surrounding community, BASF entered our team in the Bike MS for the fourth year in a row,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar. “It’s a tough physical challenge that takes a lot of time and preparation, and we admire the commitment of our fellow employees and all Bike MS participants.”

Nineteen riders registered for BASF’s team, which was sponsored by the Geismar site’s Wellness Committee. Louisiana’s Bike MS was the 17th ride for team leader Glen Achord, instrument and electrical design leader at BASF.

“Many employees know someone who has multiple sclerosis, and Bike MS is a way to get directly involved and do something to help,” Achord said.

“We also stress that you don’t have to ride to support Bike MS — you can sign up as a ‘virtual rider’ and help with fundraising.”

Louisiana’s Bike MS is a round trip from Hammond to McComb, Mississippi, with an overnight stay in Percy Quin State Park in McComb.