About the Campaign
I started running in 2004 as a way to keep in shape during my optometry residency. Before long I started running half and full marathons. This year, as a way to celebrate turning 40, I decided to run a trail 50K on my birthday. My mother was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS 35 years ago. She likely had MS since the early 1980s, but at the time MRI was not as accessible and MS was a diagnosis of exclusion. She was one of the lucky patient’s to hit the lottery for the first MS drug, Betaseron. Most of my life I have witnessed first hand what it is like to live with MS. Throughout the years I have done multiple MS walks to support MS research. My mother passed on January 12, 2018. I am using my passion for running to remember and honor my mom and to raise money for awareness and to stop MS.
I hope you will help me reach my goal of raising $10,000 this year and follow my journey to run to stop MS. Thank you so much for your support and please share this with anyone who may want to donate or follow my journey.
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.