As some of my regular readers know, my biological father had MS which started sometime when he was in his mid-30s. His degeneration last until April 20, 2006 when his heart finally gave out and he won his battle over MS. I had always wanted to run the Quad Cities Marathon because then he could see me run a marathon. He participated in my Guess My Time contest in March of 2006 for my running of the Knoxville Marathon and commented that “Neither him nor his wheelchair could last the 26.2 miles.”
In one of those weird, almost spooky, coincidence… his cemetery is adjacent to Mile 20 of the Quad City Marathon Course. He is buried in a military cemetery on Rock Island Arsenal and the current course crosses Rock Island as you move from Iowa to Illinois on the marathon course.
It’s my intention to run the Quad City Marathon this late September as a memorial to him and so that my family still in the area can cheer me on while I run. Unfortunately, it’s a long ride in a van or an expensive plane ride and so I am trying to raise money via my trading to finance my trip.
IN the mean time, this is MS Awareness week… so I am doing a little bit to bring awareness to MS!
Whether you are already a part of the movement, or looking to get involved for the first time, MS Awareness Week is the time to show your commitment to ending MS. The MS movement is all about expressing what it means to you to end MS, and every person and every action makes a difference.
Throughout the week look for simple actions you can take by clicking through our Web site. Please also contact your chapter to find out what local activities are taking place during MS Awareness Week.
Remember to continue to check the site throughout the week so you can meet just a few of the millions of people who are a part of the MS movement and making a difference every day.