BOISE -- Imagine having multiple sclerosis and dealing with the challenges of slowly losing control of your own body.
One Boise man is making the most of his situation by inspiring others. His positive attitude is contagious.
Gordy Myre was diagnosed with MS 22 years ago. But he isn't letting it slow him down.
About five years ago, I bought a bike that I pedal with just my arms, said Gordy. Instead of pedaling with my feet, I pedal with my arms.
For the past five years, he has taken part in the Bike MS fundraiser. For every dollar raised at the fundraiser, 87 cents goes to research. Gordy has brought in thousands of dollars from his sponsors over the years.
Bike MS is a grueling two day race, even for an experienced rider. It was held last weekend in McCall. About 100 people raced.
A lot of our riders don't have MS, they are passionate about the cause and about cycling, said Courtney Frost, Bike MS.
Gordy finished the race with his best time yet.
He did amazing. Anyone who meets Gordy is just touched and motivated, said Frost. He's been such an inspiration.
Gordy's wife also takes part in the race.
I drive the van behind him, explained Jody Baer, Gordy's wife. It's hard to watch him sometimes, when it's hot and you can tell he's really struggling. But it's really inspirational, we love it, we do it every year.
You could call Gordy and Jody Newlyweds. They met online and married two years ago.
Jody says Gordy is her inspiration too.
I think that's why he does well with his MS, he doesn't let it get him down, said Jody.
It's a mental thing, said Gordy. People always ask me why are you so happy? I tell them you can't be sad with this disease.
Gordy Myre's determination is something we can all learn from.
I just want to go out and do everything, if it's still possible, I do it! said Gordy.
Idaho has one of the highest rates of MS in the country. One in 300 people have it.
For more information on how to get involved in fighting MS, click here.