About the Campaign
About the Campaign
A family friend, and ambassador to the relay, has been encouraging me to run. For about the past 5 years I have been supporting her fundraising, but I was never able to commit to taking on the run. There never seems to be enough time to do the things I need to do, where do I come up with the time to train for a 200 mile run? Well, this past year I was inspired to take on the challenge. I attended her fundraising dinner and went home and filled out my application. I saw this as a time to commit to something bigger and a chance to give back.
In April of 2002, I was diagnosed with cancer. This was a scary time. Luckily, there were people discussing their own stories, which gave me strength to address the problem. I had a morning procedure and walked out of the hospital the same afternoon. For five years, I received cat scans, x-rays and blood work, to make sure the cells did not spread to other areas of my body. Each month of tests brought back the fear that something would be wrong. I never received chemo or radiation. My story with cancer is a wrestling match, a glimpse into the life of a disease that has no cure. I was able to move back into my normal routines.
Shortly before my diagnosis, I started my journey to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a way to cope with my diagnosis and begin my recovery, I also started to run. I did some races and met people who were getting into triathlons. I started to sign up for a bunch of different triathlons and made racing a part of my routine. In my experience as a clinical social worker, and in my racing, I have been in contact with and inspired by people living with terminal illness and coping daily with disease. I have observed their struggles, fears and attempts to find hope.
In taking on this challenge, I have committed to raise awareness and funds to provide better access to resources and services, treatment and other support that improve the lives of those living with MS.
The Ultra Relay
The MS Run the US – Relay is an annual 3,260-mile relay run across America for the multiple sclerosis (MS) cause.
The Relay begins each year mid-April in Santa Monica, CA and finishes mid-August in New York, NY. Our Relay runners are selected via our online application process to participate as an individual segment runner as a part of the Ultra Relay team.
To participate each runner commits to fundraising $10,000 over ten months and to running approximately 160-miles over 6 consecutive days during his or her assigned Relay segment. There are 19 segments total in the relay spanning from California to New York. Once selected each runner spends months training and fundraising prior to the event as they prepare to devote one week on the road with the nonprofit while completing their segment’s miles. Each runner’s segment is logistically coordinated back-to-back as a part of the collective team effort to run 3,260-miles over the duration of 4.5 months.