About the Campaign
Hi y’all! 👋 My name is Regan, and I am SO excited to be a part of this life-changing experience. I will be running segment 8, which is 178 miles from Denver to Wray, Colorado, over 7 days in June 2021. Yep, I know it sounds insane—it’s essentially running a marathon a day for a week. But I don’t HAVE to do this, I GET to do this. I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed in 2015 and am one of the fortunate MS warriors whose disease is pretty under control thanks to modern medicine. Over 2 million people worldwide suffer from MS, and many of them have symptoms that dramatically impact their day-to-day lives. I am doing this not for me, but for them.
My journey with MS has been a crazy one, and I don’t regret a minute of it. I’ve learned so much about myself and grown in my faith since my diagnosis, and I hope my story inspires someone. 🙂
I first learned about MS when my grandmother, who I lovingly called Honey, suffered from it throughout my childhood. She started out walking fine, then needed a cane, soon after that had to use a walker, and eventually couldn’t walk at all, using a motorized scooter to get around. Despite the pain and hardship she endured, I never saw her without a smile nor heard her utter a single complaint. She knew that her suffering wasn’t in vain, and she changed the lives of so many people around her with her quiet strength, enduring faith, and positivity. She met her maker in 2005, and I’ve thought of her often, especially since my diagnosis. 🧡
Honey inspired me to take a job with the National MS Society in Denver back in 2013, so I moved across the country from Texas to Denver to work there. I learned so much about the disease and met so many amazing MS Warriors during my time at the Society. I got to sit in on phone calls for people who needed things like air conditioners, wheelchairs, and other necessities to help improve the quality of their lives. I worked with volunteers, and I helped orchestrate Walk MS in Denver. It was an eye-opening experience, and one that helped me understand the disease in a way I never thought I would need to in my own personal life.
Fast forward to 2015—I was engaged to my now-husband (who is my ROCK and biggest supporter), busy planning a wedding and planning my future. I started getting random bouts of double vision, experienced loss of feeling in the right side of my body, and had some other strange inexplicable sensations in my spine. I saw a neurologist, had brain and spine MRIs done, and was officially diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I remember crying getting in the elevator after I got the news, heartbroken and scared for what my future would look like.
Would you think I’m crazy to tell you that looking back five years later, my diagnosis was one of the best things that ever happened to me? My life is far from perfect, and some days are harder than others, but boy, am I grateful to be able to move and to RUN! Having MS has made me value my mobility, it’s helped me cherish my family and friends, it’s strengthened my faith, and I take NOTHING for granted. And yes, maybe I am a little crazy because here I am, committing to run more miles over a week than I ran in my entire life before the year 2020. 🏃♀️
I picked up running during quarantine as a way to get exercise while keeping my two young boys occupied and happy. I wanted to somehow tie my newfound love for running (love may be too strong a word because I used to say you could only get me to run if you put a cheeseburger on a string and dangled it in front of me, but let’s just go with it) with my passion for ending MS and supporting those suffering. I came across MS Run the US, and initially thought the whole premise was completely insane. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and one night I just KNEW I was being called to do it, even though I also knew it would push me to my limits. But my strength comes from my faith, and I know that God will carry me through this, so here I am! I hope one day my boys will see what I accomplished and be proud, knowing they can do ANYTHING they put their minds to. 💪
I would love your support on this journey. I committed to fundraising $10,000, and I know I can hit my goal AND crush this run! So while I hope you can donate to the cause, I will never say no to prayers and encouragement, so please, just do what you can. I am always looking for run buddies, both before I leave for Colorado, and during my segment, June 2-8, 2021, so reach out if you want to go for a run around town or if you want to join me for a few miles along my route. I love you all tremendously, and I thank you for your love, donations, and support. 🤗