We Can Make a Difference
Bryan Sandberg is going to ride his bicycle 100 miles - in one day – and he knows it will be tough but not as tough as living every day with multiple sclerosis.
Sandberg, Director of Sales with GHSP, a JSJ business based in Grand Haven, MI, is once again leading TEAM GHSP in the West Michigan Great Lakes Breakaway 2014. The event, in Holland, MI, June 7-8 is part of BIKE MS, a national cycling series that raises funds for the National MS Society.
“Peddling 100 miles will be painful for me, but it’s nothing compared to waking up every morning facing the thought of ‘I have MS.’ It helps puts things into perspective,” said Sandberg whose wife, Michelle, has been living with MS for 20 years. “Like so many of my GHSP colleagues, my family has been touched by the devastating effects of MS, an invisible, chronic illness.”
What started three years ago with a handful of employees, TEAM GHSP has grown to include more than 20 GHSP employees, family members and friends. While team members ride in the event and make individual contributions, many more employees show their support through a series of unique fundraising activities. So much so, that TEAM GHSP has been recognized as a BIKE MS Top 100 contributor in the state of Michigan for the last two years. “The support we receive from our co-workers is awesome,” said Sandberg, adding that the team would not be successful without the hard work and dedication of its core members, Wendy Brown, Donna Sokolow, and Mason Hawver.
This year the fundraising events start with a 50/50 sale and a “Sloppy Joe” employee lunch, and culminates with a big cook-out and auction. In addition to enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers, there are lots of auction items to bid on such as a micro-brewery sampling tours, college football tickets, restaurant and retail gift certificates, gym memberships and much more. Several GHSP employee committees donate funds to help offset some of the costs to put on the events. The JSJ Foundation also contributes matching funds for the committee donations.
“Being involved in this project and seeing the support we receive from our co-workers, families and friends is very rewarding - we experience so much positive energy,” says Sandberg.
The enthusiasm behind TEAM GHSP is getting noticed by others as well. The National MS Society is spreading the word about the team’s unique fundraising events in hopes of helping other teams have fun and be successful, too.
With the support of GHSP employees and the JSJ Foundation, Team GHSP is well on its way toward exceeding its $8,000 goal in 2014.
“I want to raise money so a cure is found,” says Sandberg. "Experts say it could be in the next 10 years.”
More information about multiple sclerosis and BIKE MS is available at www.nationalmssociety.org.
GHSP, a JSJ business, is an expert in mechatronics, the convergence of mechanical, electronic, aesthetic and applied software technologies that improve how cars, trucks and premium appliances operate. From passenger vehicle shift systems to ePumps to advanced electronic controls, GHSP has delighted customers with “worry free” solutions for more than 80 years. More information is available at www.ghsp.com.