Why did you decide to participate in Walk MS?
I was diagnosed with the disease while in Korea serving in the Army and quickly learned the importance of support in the community and education about the disease to the general public.
What’s your favorite thing about Walk MS?
My favorite thing about Walk MS is being able to meet new people in the MS community and forging relationships that are mutually beneficial.
How many years have you participated in the event?
This will be my third year participating in the event. My first two years were in Washington while I was in the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint base Lewis McChord.
What are a few things you wish people understood about multiple sclerosis?
From my personal battle with MS, the most important thing I wish others understood was how debilitating the fatigue can be. It is NOT laziness. It changes the way you live your whole life. A lot of people with MS are incredibly strong and very well hide the hell that is going on inside their bodies.
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 cannot limit it to one thing. The amazing support, loyalty, humor and love in the community is overwhelming.
What makes you a great Walk MS Ambassador?
I will do anything I possibly can to help the MS community and the walk, and also in educating the general public about the disease.
What makes your MS story unique?
I was a little over two years away from my military retirement when I was diagnosed and received a medical retirement instead. Looking back, I firmly believe I had the disease for years while in the Army, being able to deploy overseas, and live the incredibly stressful and physically taxing military life while I was being attacked internally by MS.
All that being said, I am a random, fun-loving, joke-telling, sarcastic, travel-loving fella!