Meet Noel Wrucke, son diagnosed July 2005
Noel Wrucke of Ames, Iowa, first participated in Walk MS Des Moines in 2005, after her oldest son, Sean, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since then, Wrucke has become a remarkable advocate for the MS movement.
In what way has MS made the biggest impact on your life?
MS as always has been in the far corners of my mind as my aunt died in 1948 when my mother was pregnant with me. She had MS. I have her locket, and for years, it held a special meaning to me. Then life stepped in, and marriage, children, work, divorce, etc., was the focus of my life. Certainly as a mother, the news that my son had been diagnosed with MS was devastating to me. I had heard horror stories about my aunt and only envisioned the same for Sean. But with education and compassion from the National MS Society, devastation turned to knowledge and acceptance. I learned to cherish good health and enjoy every good day that comes my way. THAT is probably the biggest impact MS has made on my life.
Why did you decide to participate in Walk MS?
Walk MS was the place where something was being done to raise money for research. RESEARCH has become my battle cry. Also, being around others living with MS and their families is empowering and comforting.
How many years have you participated in the event?
I have participated in the event since Sean was diagnosed as Team Captain of Team Sean.
What’s your favorite thing about Walk MS?
My favorite thing about Walk MS is being in a community of people living every day with the struggles of MS and family and friends who care and love them. I also like the money we raise to find a cure.
Are you involved in the National MS Society in other ways besides Walk MS?
I advocate on behalf of the National MS Society informally when people ask about Sean or MS. I am not shy about bringing up the subject if I feel it is appropriate. Since Sean played high school, college and semi-pro hockey, one year I organized an MS Night with the Des Moines Buccaneers. I'm always trying to think of other ways to raise awareness and money and help coordinate the movement in Ames.