Why am I Doing This: I grew up playing sports but HATED running. After college, an amazing thing happened, I no longer HAD to run, and I began to love it. I lived in beautiful places such as the Bahamas, San Diego, Huntington Beach, and Colorado, and what better way to see it than to run it.
My brother was diagnosed with MS at the age of 19 and progressed quickly. Growing up, he was my hero; smart, athletic, and an all-around nice guy. It was horrible to see the progression of the disease every time I came home and it wasn’t long before he was in a wheelchair. From that point on, I ran for him as he could no longer run for himself.
In 2005, I began to have numbness in my thumb for a couple of weeks at a time. I was playing a lot of volleyball, so I chalked it up to a sports injury. Then, it spread all the way across my hand. I knew then what it was, and tests quickly confirmed it. At 28 years old, I was diagnosed with MS as well. My outlook on life changed. I decided I can sit in wallow in the diagnosis and wait to be in a wheelchair like my brother, or I can fight tooth and nail for every step and live life to the fullest every day.
I chose the second option. I often say being diagnosed is the best thing that could have happened to me. I began to work to live, and not live to work. I don’t let little things get me down, because I know things could be worse… I see that worst case scenario when I see my brother. I have continued running further and further since being diagnosed to push my body and keep it at the highest level of strength I can. I have amazing support from my husband, kids, and friends that has allowed me to run half marathons and do triathlons. This is my next challenge. I refuse to give in to MS and I need your help to fight this disease!
I couldn't do this without John (my husband and biggest supporter), Luke (5), and Piper (3).
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Segment 6 from Vernal, UT to Steamboat Springs, CO. 166 miles in 6 days! http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/410043152
Team Chicks with Kicks - Joan Buchman & Jamie Duff Plucker
Joan: Why Am I Doing This
My desire to participate in the relay stems from having several close family members who have been diagnosed with MS. My sister is my number one inspiration. A mother of eight, she has dealt with the symptoms of the disease progressively impacting her life since her early 30s. She works hard every single day to overcome the difficulties this disease throws her way. I also have three cousins and an uncle who have been diagnosed with MS. It has changed their lives and the lives of our entire family. I run for my sister, my uncle, my cousins and every single other individual and family affected by the disease including those who have not yet been diagnosed.
I am mom to a wonderful adult daughter, Bree, and wife to the kindest man I know, Mark. I am fortunate to have their unrelenting support and encouragement. After supporting the relay in various ways over the years, I am beyond excited for the opportunity to run segment 10 with my amazing friend Jamie!
Jamie: Why Am I Doing This
Four years ago I was lucky enough to run into Ashley as the MS Run the US Relay made its way through the Midwest. At that time, I wasn't very familiar with the relay or the disease process of Multiple Sclerosis. There was just something about Ashley's spirit that made me gravitate towards her. In 2014, I was lucky enough to spend a couple days out on the road with the segment 11 relay runner. This also allowed me to get to learn more about Ashley's personal story and her mission for the MS Run the US nonprofit.
Although I had only been running for a little over a year I knew there was a reason Ashley was put in my path. I applied for and was accepted as part of the 2015 MS Run the US Relay team. It was only then that I started to realize how many people I interact with every day that are affected by MS. People whom I had ran countless miles next to, co-workers whom I had worked side by side for years, and close friends that I had spent countless hours talking with. It really made me start to wonder why MS, unlike other diseases, had such a stigma that people didn't feel comfortable talking about it. Also, as a nurse, it made me curious how I could better care for my patients with MS.
I met so many incredible people living with MS during my time on the 2015 relay team. I knew when the relay officially ended in NYC that I wasn't done raising awareness or funds to cure MS. I am excited to be back for a second year and even more excited to be returning to my home state of Nebraska and running segment 10 with my good friend, Joan.
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Segment 10: 158 miles from Holdrege, NE to Lincoln, NE over six days. http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4264907789
April 15 - What The Hill?!
May 13 - Tails N Trails
May 27 - Gravel Classic
June 24 - The Dizzy GOAT
Oct. 22 - G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs
Oct. 28 - Skyline Ranch Cross Country Run
Nov. 23 - Feast and Feathers
Dec. 9-10 - The Hitchcock Experience Endurance Runs