Jun 07, 2013
South Brunswick, NJ – On June 15, South Brunswick resident Mia Zimmermann will tackle the mucky obstacles at MuckFest MS to help overcome multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. For the past three years Mia has been taking on this 5 mile course not allowing her MS to hold her back. Again this year she will run for herself, as well as the over 2 million people worldwide who live with this disease.
At age 29 Mia lost the vision in her right eye. This episode caused Mia great concern so she took herself to the emergency room to find out what was happening. The month following Mia went through extensive testing, including a spinal tap and MRI’s, and was ultimately diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Mia’s MS has caused her to modify her activities, especially on warm/hot weather days. She makes sure she gets enough rest, as fatigue is a chronic problem for her and she is prepared to expect the unexpected. Mia says “It has also helped me to change my mindset for the positive and to be grateful for the ability to get out of bed and function every day; to strive to be a role model and inspiration for my children and others around me.”
Over the past 11 years she has been involved with the National MS Society in a variety of ways including attending support groups and participating in several Walk MS events. Her diagnosis inspired her to become more active in order to improve her overall health. Since being diagnosed with MS in 2002, she have completed numerous 5k races, two sprint distance triathlons, two duathlons, various obstacle events, and most recently a half marathon.
Mia and her team, Mia’s Mudders, will jump feet first into the Muck and conquer every obstacle in their way as they help create a world free of MS. Mia hopes to raise $1,000 this year to help fund research programs and services for those living with the disease.
“I participate in MS events to raise money for a cure. If there is one thing I have, it is hope - hope for a cure and hope to be participating in races for many years to come!”
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.