Why I do
the MS150 Ride
Every year now, my family gives me a
hard time about doing the MS150.
They say I am getting too old to bicycle 150 miles in two days, even
for a good cause like multiple sclerosis research.
Given my recent trip to the emergency room this year after my kidneys
nearly shut down because of my blood pressure medicine reaction to
extreme dehydration, they may be right.
But I still feel I have to continue to ride -- and not only because
this is for a really good cause.
I continue to ride because of a promise I made to God.
Back in 2003 we received truly devastating news when Barb was pregnant
with Megan. The doctors told us that all the tests indicated we would
have a baby with serious birth defects.
I vowed that if we would have a healthy baby I would make the ride
every year and offer the pain and suffering to God in thanks as well as
a prayer for all other parents who had to face their own trials.
As many know, Megan was born a perfect little baby.
I'm just trying to keep up my end of the bargain. To sponsor me for
this year's ride, please click here
and search for "Mike Fabey".
A Philly boy who never met an authority figure he didn’t want to annoy,
Mike Fabey decided on a career in journalism, where he could get paid
for such a talent. He has managed to stay in the business for more than
a quarter century, somehow persuading newspapers and magazines to send
him on assignments that took him from the sunny shores of Rio to the
bowels of a nuclear-powered and armed U.S, Navy submarine on patrol in
He also managed to win about two dozen local, regional and national
dozen awards for his work, and his articles have appeared in several
leading international publications, including National Geographic
, magazines of The
group and Travel
His series on military aviation accidents in The Savannah Morning News
nominated for a Pulitzer.
Infected early by the travel bug, he lived for stretches in Brazil and
Australia, writing for local publications in both countries..
Now the naval editor for McGraw-Hill’s Aviation Week
, he lives in the
Washington, DC, area with his wife, Barbara, and their children, Megan
Mike's resume here.
Mike Fabey sits in Fijian bar just before completing his trek through
the South Pacific.