Today is a big day for me. As a member of the 2015 and now 2016 MS Run the US Team, I always have the feeling that I run with a purpose. That is one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of this team. The other of course is to help fight MS and make a difference. By being a part of this team there is so much that has been added to my life. I get to be an advocate for those with MS through my love of running. Today I get to be a part of a more specific team: TEAM JILL. Team Jill is the reason I applied to be a part of this amazing non-profit. Jill Kumlien is the first person I met personally with MS. She is the mother of one of my high school friends and teammates, Ashley. She is the creator of MS Run the US, and her dream is to crush MS, one dollar and one mile at a time. A mission I now share. 🙂
Today I will run with 7 other people and push Jill in a running stroller the distance of the Brewers Half Marathon. Now that’s what I call running with a purpose! 🙂 From what I know, Jill has had MS for quite awhile now. I have known Ashley since my freshman year of high school, which was over 16 years ago, and Jill has had MS since I knew her. She needs help getting around, and there is no way MS would allow her to run on her own. So she will race with our help!! Now that’s teamwork!
Being a part of the MS Run the US Team is more important than any team I have ever been on, including high school and college sports. The reason being because the overall goal is more important, to cure, heal, and fight MS. MS is a horrible disease that effects the central nervous system. It may start with some small symptoms, but over time is starts to effect the entire body, such as vision, ability to walk, and ability to fight off other illnesses. And there IS NO CURE. It has been reported that as many as half a million people in the United States have been diagnosed with MS, and hundreds more diagnoses are made every week. It could happen to any one of us, or someone we love. In my mind it is a gamble. And it is very possible that you know someone that either has it, or has a family member that has it, and you don’t even know it at this time.
I want to thank Ashley, Jill, and my entire MS Run the US team and family. Without the opportunities I have been given due to MS Run the US, I do not think I would be who I am today. And who I am today is a lot better than the person I was a little over a year ago before I started this journey as a relay runner and advocate for MS Run the US. It has been a life changing year that’s for sure! It has taught me so much about giving and what I am capable of physically when I set my mind to something, such as running 165 miles in 6 days and raising $12,251 (year one) to make a difference!!
Please, please, please help our mission by making any amount donation in honor of Jill today. Can’t afford it? I used to say this too. Then I realized I have money for the coffee at Starbucks, the $10 for the fancy drink I get with my $20 dinner when I go out to each with friends….Or that cute top I bought to go out in that I only wore once… None of which made me feel good about myself after. What is it that you buy that you kind of regret an hour or a day later? I promise this will make you feel better… And if I’m wrong, and you feel horrible about yourself after you donate to this cause I will match your donation. Promise. But if you are anything like me, you will find out there there is no better feeling than giving to a good cause. I think there is something good that happens to the brain and the heart after doing so. Find out for yourself. 😉 Just use the link below. ANY AMOUNT will help us get to our goal. Even that $5 you would have spent on that beer tonight… THANK YOU!!!!
Run Happy, Give Often Friends! It will change your life… for the better. (Plus it’s tax deducible, so really there is no excuse!!)
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