Relay Runner for the MS Run the US -2014 Relay
What: The MS Run the US 2014- Relay is a 3,000 mile relay across America to raise awareness and funds to help CURE multiple sclerosis (MS)! The Relay begins on April 13th, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA and is completed on August 10th, 2014 in New York, NY.
Sixteen (16) runners have been selected to run on average 170-‐miles over six consecutive days during their individually assigned segment. Each runner dedicates a week of running on the road with the Relay, while collectively the Relay spans a distance and duration of 3,000-‐miles in 4 months.
Hometown: Orlando, Fl
Segment: #10 Holdrege to Lincoln Nebraska!
I wish I could say I am a born runner, but I am not. Biking has always been my thing. I have always enjoyed the century and beyond on my mountain bike. So why run?
I am the only son of four children. My parents immigrated to the US, in search of opportunity. Struggle and facing challenges were just part of the daily operation. When I was very young I learned that my father had kidney disease and would have to go on dialysis. This routine was absorbed into our lives and we as a family continued fairly normally until my father died at the age of 60. Reflection is an amazing thing. As I look back, I see the list of challenges my father had to face. Kidney disease lead to heart disease, bouts with peritonitis, foot drop, neuropathy, seizures, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, obstructions due to adhesions, weakness and just plain pain. This man stood up to these challenges and still managed to raise four God fearing children, making sure we all have education, values, and a future. The list of blessings in my life, is as long, as the list of challenges I have been a witness to.
After hearing about the MS Run the US last year, I followed the stories of the runners that ran this year. Extraordinary people doing way beyond, what I would consider physically possible. Some of the runners even having MS themselves. I was inspired by these people rising above their challenges in life to help others. Fighting not only for themselves but for those that could not, just like my father did. This is the way I would like to be remembered. When the story of my life is told by my 5 children, it is my hope, that it will be a story of integrity, generosity, and hopefully a portion of the greatness that I see in these people and in my memory of my father. I run to inspire others, so that together, we can find a cure.