About the Campaign
Why run a 100 miles? Why try to run 100 miles in 24 hours? Why try to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis?
These are all fair questions and ones where my answer doesn’t make a lot of sense. Because I can. Because I have the ability to run 100 miles, raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, reach out to my community and those who are affected by the disease, and well- why not?
I will be running a 100 miles in 24 hours on August 14, 2020 at the Anchor Down Ultra in Bristol, Rhode Island.
- Hometown & Current Residence: Brownfield, ME
- University of Southern Maine August 2020- will be graduating with my BS in Nursing
- Syracuse University 2012 graduate BS- Health & Exercise Science
- 2010-2011- SU Gamma Phi Beta President
- 2009 Captain-Syracuse University Orange Experience Synchronized Skating Team
- 2010-2012 President-Syracuse University Freestyle Skating Club
- New England College 2016 graduate MBA- Sports & Recreation Management
- 1st Generation College Graduate & 3rd Generation Fryeburg Academy Alumni
- Worked previously as the Customer Service/Sales Manager-Point6 Merino Wool Socks
- Figure Skating Instructor for over 10 years!
- Steamboat Resort Snowsports Ski Instructor 2014-2019
- 8-time Marathon finisher; 20 Half Marathon Finishes
This will be my first time participating in a 100 mile running event EVER! Although I’ve previously crossed several 26.2 finish lines, it’s difficult to comprehend crossing a 100 mile finish line in 24 hours, but the reason behind MS Run The US, along with the inspiration from my grandfather Bernard Walker makes this challenge seem easy.
My grandfather is the main reason why I not only picked up running, but continue to run everyday. He was an amazing man, who loved to be active and a typical ‘Mainer’- he would work from sun-up to sundown on any project that involved his hands. From woodworking to car repairs to everyday household chores, he did it all. I was pretty young when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but I still remember the small changes that the disease caused. He slowly began having trouble moving and while lifestyle changes helped curb the disease, his 6′ 4″ body had endured a lot. He began to need a wheelchair and while my family tried endlessly to help him do the things he loved (putting in an elevator in the household, wheelchair ramps, homecare), we slowly had to begin transitioning him to living a life with MS. From muscle twitches that made it difficult to hold a fork at times to battling severe depression from the disease to being lost in the woods for over 12 hours because he did not have enough strength to get out on his own, Multiple Sclerosis took a lot from our family and friends, but my Grandfathers positive spirit shined through and he still gave the best bear hugs a guy could give. He passed away from secondary complications of MS in August 2017 and I was selected as a 2018 MS Run The US Relay Runner the following month- it was almost as if it was meant to be.
Reading others stories of how MS had affected them, their loved ones, family, and friends makes my mission even more important. I will not just be running up and over two of the most difficult Rocky Mountain passes for my grandfather, but for every single person affected by this terrible disease. I believe that each mile that we run will bring us one step closer to a world free of MS.
The distance is daunting, but together anything is possible.
HOW TO HELP:
My goal is to raise $1,000 for a CURE for MS. My goal is $10 from 100+donors.
For a $150 donation, your name will be added to the back of my running shirt and acknowledged the day of my race.
For $350, your logo or name will go in larger print on the front of one of my running shirts, as well as acknowledged on the 4 various social media platforms (with thousands of followers) that I will be updating throughout my 24 hours on the run.
Of course, any donation is appreciated for this goal! Even $5 will help! $1,000 is A LOT of money to raise!
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support — please feel free to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! It is so appreciated by me and the MS Run the US non-profit!
Together we can work for a CURE for MS!
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