October 2014 Hero of the Month
Francesca Smith, Hero
Francesca has been a very committed volunteer for over five years, managing volunteer teams at Bike MS, Walk MS, and now MuckFest. She is always the first to arrive and the last to leave any event she volunteers at, and goes above and beyond the call of duty when serving on the Santa Rosa Walk MS Committee.
"As a long-time volunteer with the Chapter, I was excited to volunteer at our first MS Muck Fest at Solano County Fairgrounds in mid-October. With only a vague idea of what a "mud run" was all about, I showed up in white sneakers (what was I thinking?) Turns out it was the most energizing event you can imagine! What a great way to have fun, fundraise and support the MS community. As Festival Captain, I worked with our amazing Chapter staffers and lots of first-time volunteers - and they've all promised to come back next year and get muddy. And muddy it was! Children enjoyed a special play area full of mud puddles (and giggles) while teams of families, friends and those living with MS walked, ran and slogged through the mud-filled course. After the run, there was time for a shower and a bite to eat. Participants lingered in the festival area and just enjoyed the camaraderie. And the teams really amped up the positive energy with costumes, hats, tutus and face paint. As much as I love volunteering for Bike MS and Walk MS - now I'm in love with Muck Fest and can't wait for next year! Please think about a way that your energy can benefit the MS community to provide programs, research and support for those living with MS and their families. There are lots of ways to help - just contact the Chapter and volunteer!"