More MS news articles for February 2001

Truckin' Down the Road

Driver Marks 75th Anniversary of Route 66 with Fundraising Journey in Vintage Chevy to Fight MS

Stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 has been traveled by many and is very important to our social and cultural history. Made famous by John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" (1939), Route 66 indeed is the "Mother Road" of America.

On August 4, 2001, as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of Route 66, Scott Sensing will formally begin his Route 66 Drive for Multiple Sclerosis behind the wheel of his 1952 green Chevy pickup. The 6-week trip begins in Chicago, traverses eight states the original highway covered, and concludes in San Bernardino, CA—just in time for the 12th Annual Statler Brothers Route 66 Rendezvous (September 13-16). At this time, the achievement of truck and driver will be acknowledged by some 500,000 avid car enthusiasts.

Scott Sensing completed his BA and MBA degrees at Middle Tennessee University. He currently serves on the board of the American Cancer Society's Rutherford Central Unit, and also is a member of the Antique Auto Club of America's Battlefield Region. Sensing is a public speaker who addresses a variety of issues and topics.

This is Sensing's second long-distance odyssey with his truck, "Shelley," on behalf of an important cause. Last year, in memory of his father, he raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society in an 11,802-mile drive from Tennessee to Alaska and back.

Working with the Society and financially backed by sponsors, Sensing's goal is to raise $250,000 in donations by September 17, 2001. Ralph White Automotive Apparel & Accessories (sponsors who have family members with MS) already "sealed their pledge" with a $5,000 donation sent in support of the National MS Society.

Not wanting to wait until the August celebration to set things in motion, Sensing already accepted a pledge from Northwestern Coffee Mills (NCM) in Apostle Islands, Wisconsin. They will donate $1.00 to the Society for every pound of coffee purchased between now and September 30, 2001.

NCM, premium roasters and sellers of coffee for over 125 years, have wholesale prices available for individuals and businesses coast-to-coast. If you're a coffee lover who would like to "get your kicks on Route 66," contact NCM (tel: 1-800-243-5283; email: to request their catalog, or visit their website at Be sure to mention "Route 66" so the Society receives their "dollar-a-pound" pledge!

Itinerary for Route 66 Drive For MS

Week 1           Illinois (early August, 2001)
Week 2           Missouri/Kansas (mid-August)
Week 3           Oklahoma (late August)
Week 4           Texas/New Mexico (late August)
Week 5           Arizona (early September)
Week 6           California (mid-September)*

*The journey concludes in San Bernardino, California, at the Route 66 Rendezvous (September 13-16, 2001).

Learn More about Scott Sensing's Fundraising Drive