One Muddy Millennials journey to end MS
We love featuring super star Muckers on our blog and this one is no different! Today we’re featuring a mucker who has a long list of ways she helps bring an end to MS. Paige Even is a recent high school graduate on her way to the University of St. Thomas this fall. She’s currently an invaluable member of the MuckFest® MS Council for the Upper Midwest Chapter. In her position, she helps work MS events, runs the Chapter’s social media accounts, and is the youngest chairperson they have ever had. With all of this under her belt, it’s no wonder Paige and her team, Momma’s Little Muckers, come out to MuckFest MS Twin Cities in full force.
MuckFest MS: Wow! You’ve really played an incredible role in supporting the Upper Midwest Chapter and MuckFest MS. Tell us a little bit about how you got involved with the National MS Society.
Paige: I did MuckFest MS Twin Cities for the first time last year. It was right around my birthday and I wanted to do it with a big group of friends and family so we could have fun together and raise money for MS. After the event, the Upper Midwest Chapter emailed me to say thank you for being a top fundraiser and asked if I would like to attend a board meeting.
MuckFest MS: So, after that you became more involved with the Chapter?
Paige: Yeah! I was the youngest person in the room and eventually they put me in charge of their social media accounts which is really fun. I’m now a chairperson on the committee.
MuckFest MS: What’s the best part about being on the board?
Paige: I really enjoy the people I work with. We work well as a team and it is invigorating to see that you are making an impact on people’s lives.
MuckFest MS: What do you like most about managing the social media accounts?
Paige: The best part about being the Social Media and Networking Administrator is creating a community through the internet, too. I am able to connect with people that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
MuckFest MS: What got you so involved in the first place?
Paige: My mom was diagnosed with MS in 2014. It’s been hard to watch, but the three of us (mom, dad, and I) are each other’s support system. I had to stop moping and get up and do something to change it. Being a part of the MS Society has really brought us closer together.
MuckFest MS: How has getting involved with the MS Society made an impact on your life?
Paige: It has given me a sense of community. Before getting involved I felt very alone, like my family was the only one going through this. But now I know that there are many people going through it. Being part of a community where others know exactly what you are going through is one of the greatest things you can experience.
MuckFest MS: What are the different roles you’ve played as a volunteer with the Chapter?
Paige: While working with the Chapter, I have done most of my volunteer work through the MuckFest MS Council. Through the council I have held the position of Social Media and Networking Administrator and now I am Chairperson of the MuckFest MS Council. My team and I have had an amazing time planning this year’s MuckFest MS. It is going to be muddier and muckier than ever before and I am so lucky to have been a part of it.
MuckFest MS: We know your mom lives with MS… does she participate in MuckFest MS with you?
Paige: My mother did not participate last year at our first MuckFest MS but she is participating this year and she is VERY excited about it.
MuckFest MS: What was it like last year to have her watch you cross the finish line?
Paige: When my team and I crossed the finish line last year it was one of the most amazing feelings! We all made it and had a fantastic time doing so. I made sure to give my mom a giant muddy and mucky hug. I am very excited that she will be a part of it this year.
MuckFest MS: What has been one of your favorite moments from MuckFest MS?
Paige: One of the best moments is half way through the course when you are dripping with mud and you are sweaty and almost contemplating why you choose to do this, then you look over at the signs along the course that say things like “This is Why You Muck” and then you look at all your teammates next to you and realize that you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, doing anything else, with anyone else. That is my favorite moment.
MuckFest MS: Describe MuckFest MS in three words.
Paige: Amazingly fantastic time
MuckFest MS: Favorite obstacle?
Paige: The Slither, it is the one with the most mud, and I think the more mud the better.
MuckFest MS: What would you say to someone who has never done MuckFest MS before?
Paige: DO IT! If you are contemplating whether or not to participate, throw reservations aside and DO IT! You will not regret it.
MuckFest MS: Finish this sentence. “When I get into my #MudZone, I….”
Paige: …make sure to get everyone around me as muddy as possible!
MuckFest MS: You’re headed off to college in the fall. Will you stay involved with the Chapter once you start this new journey?
Paige: I hope to be involved while in college; I would love to take on a larger role if that is possible.
MuckFest MS: We hope so! Congratulations on such a big accomplishment and for all you do for the National MS Society. One last question, what will you be majoring in at your university?
Paige: I have been trying to decide that! The ultimate goal is to start my own nonprofit focusing on women’s rights around the world and approaching situations of oppression in different cultures. I want to do this in a way that is respectful to their culture and cultural practices. I was inspired to pursue this after reading the book “Half the Sky” in English my senior year of high school.
If you couldn’t tell, Paige is a super star Mucker and we had a great time playing in the mud with her in Twin Cities!
From Paige: The Muckfest Twin Cities, was a fantastic time! It had rained for two days leading up to the event, so the course was even muddier than expected! My team and I had an amazing time, and my mother was excited (and scared) to be taking part in the run this year. She kicked some major butt and took on the course like a champ! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience working on the Muckfest Council, and it was so exciting to see all our hard work pay off. Momma’s Little Muckers will be back for Round 3 next year, and I can’t wait! Muck on!