Cheesesteaks and Muck – What an Awesome Time
Recently, I headed out to Philadelphia for the weekend.
First stop, Jim’s Steaks on South Street because how could I go to Philly and NOT get a cheesesteak?! The rest of the weekend, I dedicated my time to a cause that is truly important to me: supporting the multiple sclerosis community.
Early that Saturday, I headed over to Ellis Preserve for the annual MuckFest MS Philadelphia. I had attended several Walk MS events before, but this was my first MuckFest MS, so I had some uncertainty about what it would be like.
I spent the morning hanging out with my new friend, Al Emerick, the event’s emcee. What a great guy! We hung out at the starting line getting the crowd pumped up before they headed out on the course. Al has a great sense of humor and loves to get people relaxed and really dirty before they even start the run. I would say he is a pretty compelling emcee since he convinced me to dive into the mud even though I wasn’t even running the 5K, haha. Check out my before and after pics here.
I spent the rest of the day kickin’ it with the MS’ers and their families and friends. I teamed up with my friends at Novartis so I could share my relapsing MS story with the crowd from their booth. I also had the opportunity to sing a song I wrote called “I Can Do This.” It is my mantra. Whenever I struggle with my condition or any other challenges in life, I sing it to remind myself that I CAN do this. If you did not have a chance to hear me sing it live or need some inspiration in your life, you can download the song for free here.
Thanks to everyone who made my first MuckFest MS such an awesome and fun experience. I definitely felt the love in the city of brotherly love. I am really grateful to have the opportunity to support such an important cause and meet so many new friends. Till next time, remember that you can do it.