HOUSTON -- The BP MS 150 marathon bike ride from Houston to Austin takes place this weekend. Among the 13,000 cyclists will be a northwest Houston mom whose children took on a special project to show their support.
The Joubran children produced the video for their mother, Rita.
"I couldn't hold my tears back. I mean, really, every time I watch it," she said
You cannot tell by looking at her, but Rita Joubran has multiple sclerosis. She has lived with it for 13 years. The first eight years she had no idea what was wrong. She was undiagnosed and misdiagnosed, but the signs were undeniable.
"The numbness, the tingling, the heavy legs, the tripping when I was walking," Joubran said. Once she even went temporarily blind.
"Well, yeah, I lost my vision. It was like the lights went out."
Joubran is now a woman on a mission to beat MS. When a customer of her family's Lebanese deli said he would ride in the MS 150 in her name, Joubran's husband decided to start riding too.
"I got jealous," said Nabil Joubran. "If I stranger is going to ride for my wife, I might as well try it, and I hadn't been on a bike since middle school."
Once he started, Rita decided to become a cyclist too.
And now her son has written and produced a video to the tune of Katy Perry's "Roar" which he hopes will help the cause too.
"We have right now 2,200 views," George Joubran said.
"The kids say I inspire them. They've inspired me. That's why I keep going," Rita Joubran said.
"I think she's very tough because she can raise three kids and she still helps my grandma at work," said George, 12, "and she has time to ride her bike and to make a difference."
Rita and her husband ride with Team Fugro in the BP MS 150. The couple has raised almost $200,000 in the last four years.
"I, and my husband and my family, are going to help make a difference," Rita said. "Even if it's a small difference, we're going to do it."
To learn more about MS, visit: http://www.nationalmssociety.org