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Schindler rides for challenge, friendship

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/4/10

Christina Liekhus and Shelly Schindler have been through a lot together. Junior high, prom nights, graduation from NBC in 2000, weddings.

Click here to donate to Schindler's fight agianst MS.

With Liekhus now going through something where she really needs her best friend’s support, Schindler continues to be there for her.

On March 23, 2010, Liekhus finally got a diagnosis for medical problems she has been having for the past three years: Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease. MS affects the brain and spinal cord with symptoms varying depending on the affected location. Severity of attacks can be different and can alternate with periods of reduced or no symptoms.

Schindler and Liekhus used to run together, and Liekhus said her friend is always looking for a challenge. This time, she undertook the challenge of a 65-mile bike ride to help out her long-time friend.

“I was shocked when she asked if it was okay to do it in my honor,” Liekhus said. “The fact that she took on the challenge did not surprise me.”

After Liekhus was diagnosed, Schindler did some research on MS and found the Nebraska MS Society web page.

“While looking at the web site I found out they had this MS bike ride from Omaha to Lincoln to raise money for MS,” Schindler said. “I like to run and I decided this would be a good and different challenge for me— biking 65 miles. Plus, I would raise money for Nebraska MS in Christina’s honor.”

The ride offered options of riding one or two days and rides of 20, 40, 65, 80 or 100 miles. Schindler chose to ride the 65-mile stretch on Saturday, July 10.

Schindler set a goal to raise $2,000.

“I blew it out of the water with approximately $2,700 raised,” Schindler said.

Schindler said that she posted a note on Facebook.

“I also put a ‘badge’ on my Facebook that linked directly to my donor page,” Schindler said. “In addition, I mailed out letters to my friends and family and Christina’s.”

Schindler has a personal web site fund raising page which you can find linked here.

Schindler received a letter from the Nebraska MS Society saying the deadline for fund raising was Aug. 31. Donations can be left at Ron’s Pharmacy or with Brenda Robinson at the bank or the web site.

Christina is the daughter of Jim and Brenda Robinson of North Bend and lives with her husband, Kelly, and daughter Isabelle (Izzy), 10 months, in North Bend.

“The reason I did the ride is because Christina is one of my best friends,” Schindler said. “At this point in her life she should be enjoying life, not having to worry about waking up and not being able to get to work or hold her baby.

“Riding from Omaha to Lincoln was a challenge for me... but compared to what lies before Christina... it was pretty insignificant and it was an honor to do it for her!”

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