Team Captain Tips by Boston Mucker, Heather Ward
I was diagnosed with MS in 2000. At that time, I was unable to use the right side of my body and my speech was incoherent. I began trying different therapies. Slowly, the use of my right side returned. I was basically free of any major symptoms for almost 12 years. Then, last January, I suffered another major relapse. I could not feel my body from my chest down, could barely walk, and was unable to drive for over three months. My support system of family and friends is invaluable to my recovery. I cannot thank my husband enough.
For fourteen years, I have participated in the MS Walk Concord and have raised over $50,000. What is ironic is that, prior to even being diagnosed, I completed my very first MS Walk for exercise and because it supported a good cause. Last year, I switched gears and joined MuckFest MS. I captained the Muckin’ A’s, a team of 40 people. Together, we raised over $8,000! Because I was recently recovering, some of my teammates walked with me and helped me through the obstacles. I had to skip a few obstacles and was very slow.
At this year’s MuckFest MS Boston, my goal was to run the entire event and complete every obstacle. And, I did it! I personally raised almost $12,000. My team reached 108 members and raised over $27,000, the most in the country! What is amazing is the support that I received from strangers. I was able to obtain over 40 corporate sponsors!
Because of my personal connection to MS, my life’s goal is to raise as much money as possible to help those with MS who suffer more than me and to hopefully find a cure.