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Relay Runner for the MS Run the US- 2016 Relay
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What: The MS Run the US - 2016 Relay is a 3,000 - mile relay across America to raise awareness and funds to help CURE Multiple Sclerosis (MS)! The Relay begins in April 2016 in Los Angeles, CA and is completed in August 2016 in New York, NY.
Eighteen (18) runners have been selected to run on average 160-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
Segment 10: Holdrege, NE to Lincoln, NE
Hometown: Alliance, Nebraska
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On January 18th, 2016 I lost my dad, best friend, and hero. To say that I miss him is an understatement. Throughout my entire life, I watched him heroically battle multiple sclerosis, but what I admired the most about him, is that he didn’t let it define who he was. Multiple Sclerosis has the potential to take so much away from you, but my dad always held on to his positive outlook on life. He would sometimes say, “If I didn’t have my sense of humor, I wouldn’t have much.”
My dad and I had a special bond. We connected over our love for running and I took comfort in his ability to make me believe in myself. Before every race I have ever ran, I would call my dad because he always knew the right words to say. Just hearing his voice gave me motivation. Multiple Sclerosis had taken away my dad’s ability to walk and use his fine motor skills. Everyday tasks that so many of us take for granted, he struggled with. Reflecting back on that has made me realize that I am running for so much more than myself.
Every time I lace up my running shoes, I think about how blessed I am for the opportunity to get out and run. When I applied for this relay last year, I had the goal of being able to push my dad in his wheelchair the last three miles of my segment. Even though I won’t be able to do that, I have no doubt he will be right there with me the entire way. My dad showed me the true meaning of what it means to be strong, and that is a lesson I will take with me on this journey. Those battling multiple sclerosis are warriors and I’m honored that I will get to run in memory of my dad as well as for a future free of MS.
Giving up isn’t an option, especially when my dad is now the most beautiful thing I hold inside my heart.
Please join me in raising awareness for a cause that has made such an impact on my family. I’m not just running for a cure for multiple sclerosis, but I am running for those who can’t. Every donation helps in the fight to end MS.
To find out more about MS please visit: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/
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