Jill Marten serves as corporate director of human resources for Baptist Health South Florida in Miami. In her free time, Jill Marten stays active and especially enjoys cycling. She participated in a Bike MS to Key Largo in 2011.
A fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Bike MS started as the result of a bike trip Will Munger (executive director of the Minnesota Chapter of the MS Society at the time) and his soon took from Duluth to Minneapolis, a 150-mile trip that took two days. He realized that the trip might be a fun and challenging way to get people to bike and raise money for a good cause. The first Bike MS was held in 1980, with 200 participants who embarked on the ride from Minneapolis to Duluth. Slowly, other regional chapters took note of the idea and implemented it in their own communities, and the event was officially incorporated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 1985. Each state currently offers at least one official bike ride each year.
Since 1980, these bike rides have raised more than one billion dollars for research and other services that help individuals living with multiple sclerosis.