About the Campaign
If you could help someone you love by doing what most people would call crazy and impossible, would you do it?
I started running just ten short years ago. It has been quite the journey. I have run at Red Rocks, through the Grand Canyon, along the Pacific Coast, through the streets of Boston and many other amazing places. Being active has become an integral part of my life and is so much more than just running. My love of running has expanded to include ultra running and triathlons. This past year I completed my second Ironman and have plans for more. Through it all I have grown in ways I didn’t even know were possible or would have expected. The experiences helped me find answers, cleared my head, calmed my nerves and, in a sense, has saved me from many things, including myself.
Running and endurance racing has done so much for me and I believe I need to give back so others can benefit as well. I was only eight years old when my Mom was diagnosed with MS. She was a young mother of four children and I remember attending a support group meeting as a family. Most of the people in the room were in wheel chairs. We were all scared! I couldn’t imagine my Mom, who energetically played kickball in the cul-de-sac with all of my siblings and the neighbor kids, being in a wheelchair. I just couldn’t wrap my head around that possibility. I remember when Mom would suffer attacks from MS and not be able to get out of bed; sometimes for weeks at a time.
My Mom is one determined woman and refused to let MS keep her down. She refused to accept being in a wheelchair as her eventual fate. Through encouragement from my Dad she eventually began walking every day. When I ran with the relay in 2016 Mom had been walking three miles every day for over 37 years! I have no doubt the determination I have for endurance events is because of her example.
Unfortunately, in the past year those walks have stopped. They were a big part of Mom’s day. It gave her time to collect her thoughts and have daily chats with God. She treasured that time. If she could make her legs work to cover the miles she would, but MS has stolen her ability to walk that far. That’s the shitty thing about MS, it slowly takes away your ability to do what most people take for granted. That sucks!! I hate that and wish so badly I could change that for her. Have you ever had to watch someone you love lose something that was so important to them? It sets off a slow burn inside of you that you must find an outlet for.
Growing up I dreamed of becoming a doctor so that I could help find a cure for this terrible disease and make my Mom better. That dream never happened but quite by accident I discovered I can run – really far – and not stop! My mom may not be able to take her walk any more but I can run and you damn well better believe I’m going to so that we can get one step closer to finding a cure for and helping those living with MS!
I feel beyond blessed to be able to do the endurance events I am able to do. I know that in an instant that could be taken away from me so I am going to do everything I can to take advantage of it. Over the course of nine days in April 2019 I will run 241 miles and stomp a mud hole in MS! My Mom walked over 44,000 miles with MS so this is effort by me pales in comparison!
I am inviting you to join me in raising awareness and helping to find a cure for MS. I am doing this because I CAN! I am doing this for the countless people that suffer from this terrible disease that can’t. I am doing this so that we can raise awareness and eradicate this terrible disease. I am doing this so that no other little boy or girl has to be scared hearing the words, “Your Mom or Dad has MS.”
I am honored to be a part of the 2019 relay across America to raise awareness and money for MS! I am asking for your support in two ways. First, I have set a goal to raise $24,100 by the time my segment begins in April. Your donation will contribute to the fight against MS. Secondly, by being informed, you can help raise awareness in our search for a cure. To learn more about MS go to: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/Definition-of-MS.
Many thanks for your support! If your company does matching make sure to take advantage of that as well. It is easy and fast to do. Please also forward this on to others to not only raise money, but more importantly to raise
The Ultra Relay
The Ultra Relay is an annual, 19 segment, relay run stretching 3,260 miles across America for the MS cause.
The Relay begins each year in April in Santa Monica, CA and finishes in 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 19 segment relay. 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. Once selected each runner spends months training and fundraising with in depth help from the organization prior to the event’s start as they prepare to devote one week on the road while completing their segment’s miles. They are aided on the road by the organization’s road crew team. Each runner’s segment is logistically coordinated back-to-back as a part of the collective team effort to run across America. Donations raised support the organization’s mission to raise awareness of the MS disease, aid research, and to help those living with disability due to MS.