Jun 05, 2013
North Plainfield, NJ – On June 15, North Plainfield resident Jessica Pratt will volunteer her time to help others get down and dirty tackling the mucky obstacles at MuckFest MS. Adventure seekers from near and far will leap head first into the mud in pursuit of a world free of multiple sclerosis.
In 2011, Jessica began experiencing many small health issues that she could not explain. After seeking help from her doctor she was told she was just fine. As gastrointestinal and other problems continued to persist Jessica began falling into a depression. This time she admitted herself into the hospital hoping that she would get some answers from the professionals. She was hospitalized for seven days only to be told again that she was fine.
Fast forward a year, Jessica suddenly began to have stroke like symptoms. Immediately Jessica went to the ER where the doctors did a CT and told her that she had a stroke. Jessica was again admitted to the hospital and upon further testing, an MRI and a spinal tap, the doctor came back and told her that it was not a stroke but that she had MS.
“That is when my life changed”, says Jessica. “I have two girls that still need their mom so everyday is a struggle. It has changed my life drastically; I was always the person on the go and hated help. Now I have come to terms that I do need help and there are times where I need to take it easy”.
Although Jessica cannot physically participate in the event she will be there volunteering her time as others tackle the obstacles for her. This year team “Running A Muck” as well as other friends will run the event and raise money in her honor. Next year she is hoping to have her own team for MuckFest MS. Jessica says “God gives us what we can handle and he chose me to educate others on MS.”
MuckFest MS is a 5-mile mucky obstacle course that will challenge the most experienced athlete as well as the fun loving adventure seeker. The event will take place on June 15th at Essex County South Mountain Reservation in West Orange NJ with the proceeds going to support critical MS research and programs and services for those living with the disease. For more information about, or to register or volunteer for MuckFest MS logon to www.MuckFestMS.com.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men having the disease. MS affects, 400,000 people in the U.S., and over 2 million worldwide
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't. We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.