Why did you decide to participate in Walk MS?
My nature is to help those family and friends closest to me. One of my best friends has MS, Amy Christopherson. I want to help her in any way that I can. I know Walk MS is an important event that she plans and implements in our community. Helping her is just one way I can be involved and let her know I am here to support her.
What’s your favorite thing about Walk MS?
Walk MS helps my best friend reach out into the community not just for MS awareness and education but also to potentially reach out to those people who live with MS and to create a support network. It is so important for each of us to have people in our lives that walk parts of the same path we do — to really stand beside each other and relate along the way so we don't feel alone. I can't really walk that same path because I don't have MS, but I can walk beside her and support her in other ways. It is through the walk she will be able to connect with those that are walking this part of the path.
How many years have you participated in the event?
This is my third year helping Amy Christopherson.
What are a few things you wish people understood about multiple sclerosis?
I think the education of WHAT it is and HOW it affects people is most important.
What’s the most important, meaningful or memorable connection you have made since being diagnosed with MS or having someone close to you diagnosed?
I think the most important connection is my friendship with Amy. It has brought our friendship to a place of trust and support. I would do what ever I would need to in order to help Amy, whether it is day to day or Walk MS. I know she is there for me, too, ready to help me through the things I struggle with.
What makes you a great Walk MS Ambassador?
I would say what makes me a great Walk MS Ambassador is my heart. I am willing to help and support those around me however I can.
What makes your MS story unique?
I don't feel I am unique in any way. I am who God wants me to be for the people around me.