Mucker Q&A – Chris Anderson, Team Victory, MuckFest MS Twin Cities
Meet Chris Anderson, number one fan of Team Victory at MuckFest® MS Twin Cities. We’re excited to share his story, what MuckFest MS means to him, and his advice on how participants can get the most muck out of their MuckFest MS experience.
MuckFest MS: What made you first decide to become involved with MuckFest MS?
Chris: I started my involvement with the National MS Society in 2005, shortly after my own diagnosis. I started Team Victory at that time. My girlfriend, Haley, heard about MuckFest MS and was captain of the MudSeekers in 2012. At that time, I wanted to expand Team Victory into an additional event and MuckFest MS was the perfect opportunity. In 2013, Team Victory debuted at MuckFest MS. I have helped the team to more than double its size. While my fundraising season was once confined to the springtime, it has now become a year-round thing for me.
MuckFest MS: Why is supporting the National MS Society important to you?
Chris: While I live with MS, this cause has become so much more important to me since I have talked to so many people who have MS or people who have loved ones who live with it. My purpose is to help others living with this disease and to prevent it from reaching one more person. I do not want anyone to have to live with what I have to live with. I have seen that there are so many with the same passion that I have. I cannot take this cause on alone and more and more, I realize that I do not.
MuckFest MS: What is your single best fundraising tip?
Chris: Do not be afraid to ask for funds for this cause. The worst they can say is “no.” Without asking, they are not given the opportunity to respond. If they say no or are not able to contribute, thank them for their time. Even if you get rejected for a donation, you are still telling people you are doing a wonderful thing at an amazingly fun event for a worthy cause and you are STILL raising awareness.
MuckFest MS: If you could give one piece of advice to MuckFest MS Team Captains, what would it be?
Chris: I have always found that enthusiasm is contagious. A captain’s motivation for the cause spreads to others easily. When others see your passion, they want to do whatever they can to help. That passion easily begins to snowball.
MuckFest MS: What is your favorite MuckFest MS memory?
Chris: As I have not been able to participate in MuckFest MS due to my MS, I have been quite the cheerleader for Team Victory. When Haley finished MuckFest MS in 2012, she was so proud. She ran up to me to give me a muddy hug. I was still clean and ran away to avoid it. “Oh no you don’t,” I told her. In 2013 it was a different story. She warned me, “Running away isn’t going to happen this year.” She came up to me, wrapped her muddy arms around me and I was officially a MuckFest MS participant. It was a muddy, mucky, fun and hilarious moment.
MuckFest MS: What three words you would use to describe MuckFest MS?
Chris: If the event can be described in three words to me they would be “fun,” “fun,” and more “fun.” I suppose you need a little more than that though, so I will use a phrase used by a MuckFest MS participant. “Mucktastically good times!!!”