Mucker Q&A – David Cooley, The Revolutionists, MuckFest MS Los Angeles

October 16, 2014 0 By muckfestms

Meet David Cooley, a fundraising rock star of The Revolutionists and first-time mucker who will be taking on the course at the first-ever MuckFest® MS Los Angeles.

MuckFest MS: What’s the story behind your team name?

David: My wife, Jodi Michele Cooley, has an MS Blog called MS Revolution, so I thought I’d incorporate her name for my team.

MuckFest MS: What initially made you decide to register for MuckFest MS?

David: I participated in a mud event last year with my childhood best friends. I loved it. I was looking to do another type of race and saw an ad for MuckFest MS LA, and I was in!

MuckFest MS: Who is your inspiration for participating in MuckFest MS?

David: My wife Jodi. She is the strongest, most positive person I have ever met. I have sat in awe of her many, many times. For 10 years, I have been watching my wife suffer and struggle with this disease. I’ve been sitting on the sideline whining about her plight and shaking my fists at the heavens, and I got sick of it – I decided I would finally do something about it. This MuckFest MS run and fundraiser is my first step.

MuckFest MS: You are a fundraising rock star. What is your number one fundraising tip?

David: I decided to not be afraid to ask anyone. I didn’t just ask, “Hey, wanna donate to a cool cause?” I used my personal story to ask for help. I also remind people and tell my friends who are fundraising to remind people of the personal nature of their donation request. Sadly, most people have someone in their life who suffers from MS, so I found they either used my wife or someone else they knew as inspiration for their donation. 

Also, this was a posting I put on my Facebook as an example:

“I realize how powerful the ice bucket challenge has been to raise money for ALS.  These days there are many such causes with each of us giving where we can. My case is close to home. I am in the middle of my own fundraising efforts to help my wife. My wife Jodi has suffered for over 10 years from Multiple Sclerosis. I have sat back for years watching and complaining but doing nothing. Not anymore! I am entered in the 2014 MuckFest MS. Please help me raise money to find a cure. If you can, please donate today.”

I then added my link to donate and have been shocked by the response!

MuckFest MS: As a team captain, how do you motivate your team to fundraise?

David: Similar to the above, I told them to ask, ask, ask. Anyone. Anywhere. Worst thing they say is no, and then you move on. I’m also hoping to do a lemonade stand with a few of the participants’ kids to get them involved as well.

MuckFest MS: What are you most excited for in your first MuckFest MS event?

David: Simple. Laughter, giggles, and lots of mud!!!! My niece is flying out from Boston to join me in the race, and I can’t wait for her to play as well.

Great advice, David! We’ll see you, Jodi, and The Revolutionists on October 25th!

UPDATED 1/9: David’s motto for 2015.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. Neil Gaiman