Bike to the Bay

Helmet? Check. Bike? Check. Indelible Wildcat pride? Of course.

Back Row: Brian Gilbert, George Corbin, Jim Powers, Roy James
Front Row: Dr. Eileen Donnelly, Jim McCloskey, Catherine Gilbert, Christina Asroff, Renee Tyre

For the ninth year in a row, Wilmington University faculty, staff and friends participated in the Bike MS: Bike to the Bay charity event. During this two-day event, riders trek through scenic flat farmlands of lower Delaware to the finish line in Rehoboth Beach to raise money for multiple sclerosis.

Historically, the Wildcats team has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the event.

“Bike to the Bay is a great way for all of our colleagues and friends to do something healthy while supporting a wonderful cause,” says Dr. Eileen Donnelly, vice president of Enrollment Management. “First-time and experienced riders enjoy a sense of real accomplishment and camaraderie that lasts long after we arrive at the beach.”

Renee Tyre, administrative assistant in the College of Business, has participated in biking the event five out of the last six years — only taking a year off due to pregnancy.

“My annual goal is to reach $1,000, which means I’ve raised $1 for each person in Delaware that this event helps,” says Tyre.

Tyre’s dedication leads her to get an early start on her fundraising and biking practice. Her friends and family can expect emails, social media posts and individual conversations beginning in March to support her effort, although the final bike ride occurs six months later.

Tyre dedicates her commitment to Bike to the Bay to colleague Dr. Stephanie Battis.

Battis, chair of the undergraduate Organizational Management Pro-grams in the College of Business, has had MS for more than 30 years. She’s grateful, appreciative and proud of riders like Tyre.

“The money [they raise] will help Delawareans fight MS,” says Battis. “With Renee’s assistance, one day there will be a world free of MS.” WU