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RELAY ACROSS AMERICA
The MS Run the US 2017 Relay is a 3,100 mile relay across America to raise awareness and funds to help CURE Multiple Sclerosis (MS)! The Relay begins in April 2017 in Los Angeles, CA and is completed in August 2017 in New York, NY.
I will be 1 of 18 runners to participate in this coast-to-coast relay, personally running 190 miles in segment 11 in June 2017 from Lincoln, Nebraska to Des Moines, Iowa in one week! You read that right, a marathon a day for seven consecutive days!
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
Thirteen years ago, life changed. The morning started like any other morning. The early alarm, I put on my suit and tie, gave my wife and son a kiss goodbye, and headed out the door, ready to take on the world at 26 years old. Then suddenly, everything was different. My hands weren't my own, making it hard to type. My eyes had become blury, making it hard to read. Doorways seemed to jump out at me, making me walk into them instead of through them. I didn't know what was happening and I was scared. More scared than I have ever been in my life.
While these "inconveniences" retreated after a handful of days, the series of tests, scans and specialists went on for a few weeks until the conclusion could no longer be debated - "Loren, you have Multiple Sclerosis."
The crazy and unpredictable thing about MS is that no two people have the same experience or symptoms. With the exception of my closest family and a few friends whom I've told (until now that is!), no one would have reason to think that I have MS. Yes every dawn brings surprise, but I lead a very normal and active life. A husband, father, coach, business executive, traveler ...and now runner!
Unfortunately not all living with MS share my experience and so I'm running the MS Run the US 2017 for those who can't. I'm running to raise awareness. I'm running to help raise funds to conquer this disease. I'm running to show my kids that no hurdle is too high. I'm running to motivate people to help and inspire those with MS to always fight and push limits.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
I'm hoping you will join my journey because I'm going to need all of the help I can get...words of encouragement, a high five, sharing this story with your friends, family, co-workers, social networks - please help make this thing go viral!
This page will serve as home base for our fundraising efforts, please consider giving generously. In the coming days, week, months (and miles and miles and miles!) I will be sharing my training journey along with new ideas for donations and sponsorship so follow me on Instagram @movingwithms. If you have a great idea for fundraising, please share, the #orangearmy can always use an extra hand!
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME
- Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, lived in Orange County, California for 15 years, recently moved to the Santa Ynez Valley
- Husband to Sarah and father to Jackson, Lucas and Scarlett
- Undergraduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (go Mustangs!) and a MBA from USC (Fight On!)
- I'm a cowboy at heart, faith and family are my everything, I can't turn down mexican food, there isn't much better than a good beer or glass of wine with friends
- This run freaks me out but I'm fired up!