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Challenge Walk MS Volunteer Moved to Poetry

September 10, 2014

Mark Richards, Challenge Walk MS Volunteer

One of our amazing Challenge Walk MS Cape Cod volunteers wrote a beautiful poem about his experience this weekend. This was Mark Richards' second year volunteering at Challenge. He's a HAM operator on the Bike Support Team.




There is something different about this place
for, I have changed

It is here, in this place, where the beauty of
humanity has met the ugliness of disease

It is here, in this place, where the love in every step
has met the road... the one we have all been handed.

At first, I asked to be accepted
within a team
among these hearts

Now, I realize, I had no choice.

More than this
there is no option
for our journey writes itself
as these words and moments..
where dispassionate hand
follows its unfolding.

Along the trail a woman fell
her arm, such fragile shield,
in instinct, battered.
She was not one of us
yet, she was all of us.

"The road is no respecter of persons," I told her. 
"It meets us equally where we are, and in such
meeting we become one."

Now, it is her tomorrow, and too late to say, "you will
remember this day, but not for such cruel wounding.
For here began your unfolding, from that very point of
falling.  Here, you met the road, and we met you."

Yes, there is something different about this place.
We have changed it.
We have met, with you, with all of you, the challenge.

At first, I asked to be accepted,
within a team, among these hearts.
And now I know

I had no choice.

About the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Society’s Greater New England Chapter serves 21,000 individuals and families affected by MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and by contacting the National MS Society at, or 1 800 FIGHT MS (344 4867).

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.


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