There's an "I" in Difference :)
Hi Friends and Family!
Welcome to my Personal Page for the MS CHALLENGE Walk. I'm walking in Door County the weekend of Sept 19, 2013. I'm participating on behalf of my sister Stacy and the many others i know who live with this disease. This year I have created a team with Jessica Kramer(Baumgartner) in hopes that some of you will join us!!! There is a registration fee of $125 and a mandatory goal of $1500 per person. We plan on having fundraisers, like brat stands, garage sales, and encouraging participants to ask employers, co-workers, friends and family to donate. Our team name is MS Behaving and you can click on "Join Rebecca's Team" to be a part of the fun!
Wisconsin has one of the highest incidence rates of multiple sclerosis in the U.S., with more than 10,000 or 1-in-500 residents diagnosed. In countries further from the equator, the incidence of MS increases. Chances are you know a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member who has MS.
My Shining Star
This will be my fourth year using the Walk MS website for donations, gaining knowledge, and participants to help fight for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. This year I've decided to walk in the Challenge Walk in Door County Wisconsin. It is three days and 50 miles in the scenic areas of Door Co. I need to raise a minimum of $1500 to participate.
Of course I've kept what I've said in previous years so everyone has a refresher of why I'm fighting for my sister's cure and why you should help and walk to win this fight with us. My address book is growing every year so to some of you this is new. I appreciate you viewing my page and please feel free to pass is on!
2010: "Most of you know my big sister Stacy, for those of you who don't she's the strongest, bravest woman I know. Stacy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 15 years old. She has now lived over half her life with this disease. Though remission (no symptoms) has blessed her for some/most of the years, there are many difficult challenges she deals with everyday that you and I probably take for granted. Please come walk with me in raising awareness of MS and/or donate to a good cause in finding a cure for my sisters disease."
2011: "As I sit at my computer to update my WalkMS profile for this year I can't help but get tears in my eyes. Stacy had a major setback in her fight against MS on Super Bowl weekend. She seized six times in a matter of two hours. Once they got the seizers to stop they did every test they could and came to the conclusion that Stacy had acquired epilepsy. See we, Stacy's family, didn't know that seizers were even a part of MS. I did some research and found that people with MS are six times more likely to have seizers then "normal" people but only 1-3% of the MS population have them. She is rehabilitating and taking one day at a time. She is still, more then ever, the strongest, bravest, and most appreciative woman I know. Her love and positive attitude still shines through in these gloomy times. Let's raise awareness and find a cure for my sister and the hundreds of thousands that face these frightening statistics everyday!"
2012: Reading last years post brings back the tears and memories. I can't believe how far Stacy has come in one year. Her cognitive thinking is getting sharper by the day and her spirit is still the strongest I know. She is living with her best friend(God bless Sam) and has a job aiding the elderly. She is back to driving and getting the hang of daily activities. I am so thankful that she is able to walk with me this year. If she can do it, you can do it. Come join us!
2013: Last years walk in Madison was rained out, at least it wasn't snowed out! Stacy and I planed on making it to Warner Park to meet up with our walking partners but decided walking in a downpour wasn't going to happen. So we Thumb Wrestled and Indian Wrestled. If memory serves me, I won ;) Stacy is still improving since her seizers. She no longer needs to call me for my salon and home address every time she comes over, she remembers our cat's name and she's still working with the elderly (which she loves).
What is it Like to Live with MS?
Imagine being in a state of constant uncertainty. That's the situation Wisconsin residents with MS face as they battle what scientists call the cruelest of all the neurological diseases.
Why You Should Sponsor Me
This event is a challenge - and an opportunity - for everyone involved, participants and donors alike. With commitment to this cause, we can all be part of a historic undertaking. The funds raised from Challenge Walk MS 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 to Challenge Walk MS, we are getting ever closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS."
Please forgive any spelling or grammatical errors as they are not my strong suit :)