About the Campaign
My love for running began in 2013 after a lot of encouragement from my Mom to join her in a half marathon. At the time, this distance seemed so impossible to me. But as I started training, I began to finally understand that I was capable of much more than I ever thought possible. After my first half marathon, I was hooked (Thank you, Mom). Two years ago and a handful of half marathons later, I finally committed to running my first full marathon. All 26.2 miles that I once thought could never be possible. Running had become a part of my life and my love for it would only continue to grow.
In August of this year, I was suffering from some slight vision impairment and pain in my left eye. Being the Google queen that I am, I quickly became my own worst nightmare and finally decided to see a doctor. After my doctor concluded that I was suffering from Optic Neuritis, I was quickly referred to the Neurology department (Scary, right?). After lots and lots of blood work, an MRI, and a Spinal tap, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As you can probably imagine, my emotions were all over the place, but ultimately I knew that I was going to be okay.
A good friend told me about MS Run the US, a four and half month 3,260 mile ultra relay run where 19 people run from Santa Monica, CA to New York, NY to spread awareness and raise funds to one day find a cure for MS. So that same day of my diagnosis, I chose to apply to be one of those runners, and I couldn’t be more excited to share that I will be!
I will be Segment 13 runner on the MS run the US 2021 relay team and will be running 180 miles in 7 days from Dubuque, IA to Milwaukee, WI. In running these miles, my hope is to fundraise over $10,000 that will help raise awareness, support Multiple Sclerosis research, and aid those living with it as well. My love for running hasn’t changed, but my purpose has. So, as I set out to accomplish what will be the most challenging thing I have ever done, I hope to raise those funds to truly make a difference for so many living with MS. I really appreciate all of your love and support in this journey of a lifetime!