Family Stops in Bakersfield on Cross Country Trip to Help Woman with MS
October 15, 2014
Bakersfield -- On October 15, 2014, an Arizona family arrived in Bakersfield in their RV as part of a 3,000 mile journey across their home state and California. The family helped a 61-year-old woman with MS who recently broke her wrist and suffered a relapse, all while trying to move from her home into a retirement community. Local news stations and newspapers came out to interview the family and capture some incredible moments of volunteering and giving back. Read more in the Bakersfield Californian and ABC 23, or watch the story on NBC17.
Their multi-city road trip is not just to experience the sites western states have to offer, but to bring increased awareness about serious issues such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis (MS), along with the need for children to work hard and be active in their communities. Gregg Murset, CEO of MyJobChart.com, along with his wife and six kids started their second “Work Across America Tour” on October 7, visiting 17 cities in ten days. This is the second time the Mursets traveled in their RV to help families in need and charitable organizations. In July, the family traveled more than 6,500 miles across the U.S. stopping in 25 cities. “We are very excited about going out again,” noted Gregg. “I now realize we weren’t aware of what toll the cross-country trip would take on our family physically or emotionally this summer. This time, however, we know what to expect and understand the help we provide can go a long way toward lifting spirits or bringing in much needed donations.”
In addition to raising awareness for partner charities such as the National MS Society and promoting the difference kids can make working for others, the Mursets will be raising money for and donating money to those they are on helping. “On this trip, my wife and I will be paying our children for the projects they complete and they will be donating the money to the family or charity we are serving,” said Gregg. “Our kids will also be challenging other kids to get involved in their communities by doing projects for others, supporting a local organization or donating a part of their allowance as well.”
About the Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the National MS Society provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 20,000 individuals residing in Southern and Central California and Nevada who are affected by MS annually. The Southern California & Nevada Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 350 National MS Society research projects worldwide. The Chapter has offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ontario, Reno and Santa Barbara.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. 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 leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.