Farmington Hills 7-year-old raises funds to fight MS

Farmington Hills 7-year-old Amelia Nordhaus will on May 18 host the 3rd annual Amelia’s Little Bike-a-Thon for MS to help fight a disease that deeply affects her family.

Every year, Amelia’s mom, dad, and grandpa do the Mid-Michigan Bike MS ride, and she has attended the event since she was two weeks old. Her mom, Tanya, lives with MS.

Amelia's Little Bike-A-Thon
The 3rd Annual Amelia’s Little Bike-a-Thon for Multiple Sclerosis will be held May 18 at Kenbrook Elementary School. That’s Amelia in blue (center) and her mom, Tonya, standing on the right. (contributed)

A little over two years ago, out of the blue, Amelia said to her mom, “I want to do my own bike ride for multiple elerosis.” She couldn’t quite pronounce “sclerosis” back then. “My mommy has multiple elerosis, and I’m trying to have a bike ride to stop multiple elerosis. I want to raise $15 thousand hundred million.”

The ride begins at 4 p.m. in the parking lot at Kenbrook Elementary School, 32130 Bonnet Hills in Farmington Hills. Geared toward kids ages 9 and younger, it includes pizza and awards for Most Orange Spirit, the Highest Fundraising child, the Best Decorated Bike, and more. Each child will get a medal, too.

In past years, some children have entered on their tricycles, some pushed by an adult, and some speeding away for the half an hour on their bikes. But all are raising funds that will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).

With the help of her friends and family, Amelia has raised over $2,600 in the past two years between her bike-a-thon and Amelia’s Little Lemonade Stand for MS. She has proudly walked the stage as one of Michigan’s top fundraisers for two years running.

“We’re so very proud of her that she decided to do this and that she continues to do it year after year,” parents Tanya and Mark Nordhaus said.

“It’s inspiring to see youth in the community who host such creative events such as this and who want to help end MS,” said Tammy Willis, the Executive Director of the National MS Society in Michigan.

To learn more, visit the event’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Amelias-Little-Bike-a-Thon-for-Multiple-Sclerosis-1808355399470097/

If you cannot make it to the event but want to contribute to Amelia’s fundraising efforts, you can do so at main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/AmeliaN19.

For more information about the event, for pledge sheets and waivers, and to RSVP, contact Amelia’s mom, Tanya Nordhaus, at BikeAmelia@gmail.com.