Jul 18, 2012
DENVER – Until last year, multiple sclerosis (MS) was not something Jenny or Ali Daigre thought about. Jenny a 31-year-old civil engineer with CH2M Hill was busy with her career in the transportation business group and her younger sister Ali, a mechanical engineer, also with CH2M Hill, was working in the power group. Then Ali suddenly lost vision in her right eye.
“Ali was diagnosed with optic neuritis and an MS diagnosis quickly followed at the age of 27,” said Daigre. “I felt so helpless and I wanted to do something to support my sister. My sister and I love taking on new challenges, so when we heard about the mud run being held by the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter National MS Society we knew it was the perfect way to get involved. The MS mud run was the perfect opportunity to get the word out to people about Ali’s diagnosis so we started recruiting family members, friends and co-workers.
“As we recruited, we were surprised to find we knew more and more people who had MS, including two friends and a former roommate who had also been recently diagnosed. Forming the team became a way to show support for my sister as well as several friends,” she added.
The Daigre sisters co-captained a 30-member team – the Greatest Show on Dirt - that raised nearly $20,000 last year. “MuckRuckus MS was my first involvement with the Chapter. The event was a great time and it was a lot of fun seeing our team and supporters scattered all across the challenging obstacle course. It was also very beneficial to meet a network of other people affected by MS. It was exciting to be the top fundraising team and to know we were also making a difference for my sister, friends and everyone living with MS.”
“This year we have 40 members, including my dad! Our brother is recovering from knee surgery this year, but will be helping our older sister and mom as team photographers, so it’s a family affair. We have targeted raising $20,000 and look forward to a great day in the mountains while raising more funds for Chapter programs and research that will benefit people living with MS,” she added.
MS is a disease that targets the central nervous system, disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body. This disease often targets people in the prime of life and symptoms often first appear between the ages of 24 – 35 and nearly 75 percent of all people diagnosed with MS are women.
“Colorado and Wyoming have one of the highest prevalence of MS in the nation,” said Carrie Nolan, president, Colorado –Wyoming Chapter, National MS Society. “Offering ways for people to learn about MS, get involved and help raise funds for research and programs that benefit the 88,000 people affected by MS in Colorado and Wyoming is crucial.
“MuckRuckus MS is a fun mud endurance event featuring zany “wipe out style” obstacles,” Nolan continued. “This is the second year that we’ve held this event, which like our signature Bike MS, Walk MS and Hike MS events, is another way to bring community members together for a unique experience while rising funds that support thousands affected by MS.”
MuckRuckus MS is open to all skill levels and features competitive and recreational categories for adults and teams, as well as a Kids Zone featuring pint-sized obstacles for children ages 5 – 11.
There is still time to register for this year’s MuckRuckus MS, which takes place on Saturday, August 4 at Grand Park, just outside of Winter Park. Registration is $65. All participants are required to raise a minimum of $100. To learn more or to register, visit www.MuckRuckusMS.org/colorado.
About the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 88,000 individuals residing in Colorado and Wyoming who are affected by MS. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 325 National MS Society research projects worldwide – six of which are located in Colorado.The Chapter has offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Cheyenne serving the Colorado and Wyoming communities.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than three times as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 in the U.S. and 2.4 million worldwide.