I’m not the most athletic person in the world. I used to competitively figure skate in high school but since I had kids I don’t do much in the way of exercise. Last year my husband and younger brother participated in the MS Mud Run (Muckruckus). It looked like so much fun, that I said I had to do it this year.
As nervous as I am about actually doing this I signed up last week! They changed the name this year, it is now called the MuckRuckus MS. It is the same thing though, an obstacle course in the MUD!
Watching my husband last year I learned alot about the reason behind the Mud Run now the Muck Ruckus. If you are unaware of what Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is I will help fill you in. Every hour in the US, someone is diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it does not! Listening to the opening ceremony last year, they explained why it is done in the mud. Basically the mud helps to show you how much harder it is to get around. The mud gets in your eyes making it hard to see, and some days that is how they wake up and can’t see, the mud weighs you down making it harder to move around, and some days they can’t get around too well. This disease scares me, I can’t imagine waking up one day and not being able pick up my child. You never know which day will be good and which will be bad.
My mother has a life long friend who has MS. She is one of the nicest women I know! She has always been there for my family. She used to be a nurse but had to quit working because of her disease.
I’ve joined the movement because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.
I am really excited to do this event. I am somewhat nervous but after watching my husband last year and seeing some people with MS doing the run, I know I can too! Knowing that MS effects the most people my age, I no longer want to put off doing things because I am scared, God has given me the ability to walk (for now) and I do not want to take that for granted anymore.
Want to make a difference? With commitment to this cause, we can all be part of a historic undertaking. The funds raised from MuckRuckus will not only support research for a cure, but also provide programs which address the needs of hundreds of thousands of people living with MS right now. Because we choose to walk for those who sometimes can’t. Because we choose to donate, we are getting ever closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, “You have MS.”
If you would like to help find a cure for MS you may donate by visiting HERE and sponsoring our team. Every dollar helps!
All funds raised go directly to the MS society to help research a cure. I do not actually see any of the money raised.