Mucker Q&A – Bill McCain, Team Dirty Cops, MuckFest MS Philadelphia
Meet MuckFest® MS Philadelphia participant, Bill McCain. Bill is from Glassboro, NJ, where he is a Sergeant with his local Police Department. He and his wife, Trisha, have three boys, Billy, Brandon and Dylan. Bill was diagnosed with MS in 2010. This is Bill’s third MuckFest MS event with his team, “Dirty Cops.” In 2012, he was the top individual fundraiser for the event, and he was sixth overall in 2013. In 2013, Dirty Cops also made the Top 10 in all three fundraising categories: Individual fundraisers, largest teams, and top fundraising teams.
We’re so excited that Bill took some time to talk about MuckFest MS.
MuckFest MS: What made you initially decide to do MuckFest MS?
Bill McCain: In 2011, I went to a National Multiple Sclerosis Society meeting for the newly diagnosed. At the meeting, I learned of the event and was encouraged to participate. I was a bit skeptical at first, but it seemed like a great way to motivate myself to get off the couch and to get involved in the MS community.
MuckFest MS: Why do you support the National MS Society?
Bill McCain: In 2010, I suffered from Optic Neuritis and was diagnosed with MS. I was prescribed a disease modifying drug and the reality of MS suddenly became a part of my life.
MuckFest MS: What is your best tip for recruiting people to join your team?
Bill McCain: Word of mouth. You have to talk to people about MuckFest MS and what a blast it is. This is my team’s third year, and we can’t wait. In my experience, past teammates have by far been my best recruiters.
MuckFest MS: What is your best fundraising tip?
Bill McCain: Besides being diagnosed with MS as my donation sales pitch…I’m just kidding! Emails are great, but I try to think outside the box, too. I sell my “Dirty Cops” team T-shirts and have raised $1200 in profit each of the past two years. I also do a night out at a local Bar & Grill. They donate a portion of the profits from the patrons I bring in back to team Dirty Cops. That event has been hugely successful. Corporate donations and corporate matching are also a great way to get larger donations.
MuckFest MS: What advice do you have for someone who has never completed a mud obstacle run?
Bill McCain: Don’t get stressed out about it – it’s supposed to be fun, and trust me, it is! MuckFest MS may look intimidating to a newcomer, but once you’ve completed the course, you’ll be hooked. It’s a great sense of accomplishment! Run, jog or walk it. I guarantee you’ll be back next year.
MuckFest MS: What are you most excited about for MuckFest MS 2014?
Bill McCain: Getting together that day with my team. In 2012, we started with just five Dirty Cops and our wives. In 2013, we had over 50 friends and family join the team. It was just amazing – it’s a great feeling having that many people come out to support something that is so important to you. Thanks guys!