Happy summer! You know it’s going to be a great blog post when it includes summertime, an epic road trip, and MuckFest® MS. Meet Katie Hardeman from Team Not MSing Around. She and her team will be traveling all the way from Iowa to St. Louis to get mucky at MuckFest MS St. Louis. We sat down with this first-time-Mucker to hear more about her passion for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and her excitement for MuckFest MS.
MuckFest MS: Why is the National MS Society important to you?
Katie: The National MS Society is extremely important to me because my mom was diagnosed with MS in 1995 at the age of 35 years old. Being so young when my mom found out about her MS diagnosis, I never really understood what MS meant. It was hard to grasp what was wrong with her because she looked and acted normal on the outside, but what I didn’t know is how she felt on the inside. As I got older, I got a little bit more knowledgeable on this awful disease. I can honestly say getting involved with the National MS Society is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. It’s a terrible feeling when you see a loved one struggle or in pain, and by getting involved, I can put a smile back on my mom’s face and give her and everyone else with MS a little more hope for finding that cure!
MuckFest MS: Why did you choose to sign up for MuckFest MS?
Katie: I have never participated in MuckFest MS before but have participated in other MS events. This is my first year, and our team is pumped about the road trip from Iowa to St. Louis! Not only does it look like a blast, but it’s for a great cause that is close to my heart!
MuckFest MS: What are you most excited for at your first MuckFest MS event?
Katie: I am looking forward to just being there, getting mucky, and seeing all the awesome supporters. I can’t wait to help celebrate everyone’s hard work of raising money to find a cure for MS!
MuckFest MS: What is your top fundraising tip?
Katie: The main fundraising tip I can give anyone is to HAVE FUN WITH IT! My employer, Grinnell Mutual, is a HUGE supporter, and my team couldn’t have raised the money without all of the employees help and support!
MuckFest MS: If you could send a message out to all Muckers, what would it be?
Katie: If I could send a message to all the Muckers, it would be a favorite quote of mine: “Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts!” — Unknown
Katie, we’ll see you and team Team Not MSing Around out on the MuckFest MS course on July 11th. Have a safe (and incredibly fun!) road trip down to St. Louis.