About the Campaign
I met Ann in the late Summer of 2007. I was smitten with her oldest son Luke, who was farming with his grandfather, dad and mom. She was in the kitchen one Saturday afternoon that I came to visit Luke as he worked around the farm. She welcomed me in to her warm farm house and I sat at the table as she prepared lunch for the men working outside. She had heard my name a few time and we proceeded to talk as she busied around. I didn’t know it at the time, but could see something different in the way she moved around, she had been diagnosed with MS a couple years before I met her. As lunch finished, and before she could even clean up, she was needed outside to move a tractor to the next field and away we went to help outside. Three more years followed, and the days where much like the first day I spent with her, cooking and book work often interrupted by needing an extra tractor driver, parts runner, or help outside.
As the years passed her gait continued to wobble, and her ability to climb into a tractor ended. No longer could she throw a bag of seed into the back end of the truck and run it to a stopped planter. A cane soon became a steady post as she moved around the old farm house. Ann’s body continued to fail her, over and over again, but a smile never left her face. Her tenacity and grit where as present as ever. As wedding and grandchildren came, she worked so hard to walk down the aisle at every wedding and rock all of her most precious gifts.
While Ann’s spirt is still the same woman of that that I met 11 years ago, there is saddness in her eye now. MS has ravaged her body and taken her ability to walk and left her in more pain then I can ever comprehend. And so I will run for her. For her, for her caretaker and husband Steve, for Luke, Matthew, and Elizabeth. For Erin, Jared, and Myself. For June, Cole, Alyssa, Josie, Callie, Mae, Levi, Brigham, William, and Baby Nemo due in February. For our family and for her friends, because the effects of MS are expansive. I will raise the money and push myself to a new place for Ann and all those suffering with MS. Thank you for helping me in this journey to raise awareness and funds to support research for Multiple Sclerosis.
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.