|Welcome to HappyHeart.org, your community for a cure. I am Joseph Flanigan and this Web site supports my fund raising efforts to cure diseases like multiple sclerosis. This site is about my story, the support community, and includes portals to the organizations doing the research work for a cure.
HappyHeart.org collects no money. Rather, this site provides links to the official organizations that do the actual collection.
Two great articles about this year's ride with Alexi Grewal joining Team HappyHeart.
Announcement: The 2012 Colorado Bike MS is on the weekend of June 30th. This year I will ride with Team HappyHeart. The co-captain for the team is Alexi Grewal. Please join us to help fight MS!
June 24: Reached team fun raising goal of $5,000.
June 17: Father's Day. Denver Century Ride. Fell again.
April 6: Mind and Body Article - Interview by Jeanine Spellman
March 10: Fell again breaking right arm.
Feburary 1: Alexi Grewal agrees to co-captain Team HappyHeart.
January 20: Signed up for Bike MS and started Team HappyHeart.
January 15: Decided to ride the Bike MS. I will not let MS steal any more miles from me.
January 1: The Colorado Bke MS 150 will be June 30th and July 1st.
December 15: Starting to get healthier. Bad MS year.
August 12. My custom MS bike debuts.
August 11: Ok to ride short distances.
June 29th, I fell while riding on a bike trial in Fort Collins. I broke my left arm and had a enormous hematoma on the left thigh. 4 days in the hospital. No riding for 7 weeks.
Watch this video from MS Global. I am the one being pushed uphill by Tyler Hamilton and then again by two other ride leaders. At MS Global 2010, my conditioning improved that could climb most of the hills. On one of the hills I was struggling, Tyler came up from behind to help me by pushing. I said to Tyler, "No pushing". He didn't but he did talk me up the hill.
Last year, while at a MS meeting I was talking about me doing the MS150. Many people with MS cannot ride. For those who attended the meeting I asked them to be my pedal partner for my ride. At the end of 2009,30 MSers signed. I retired that helmet. For, 2010 the new helmet has many pedal partners. I ride because I can, and I ride for those who cannot.