Meg’s Story

October 24, 2017 0 By muckfestms

We’re proud to share a message from our National MuckFestival sponsor, the Traveler Beer Company.

For the past several years, the Traveler Beer Company has been a proud sponsor of the National MS Society and the MuckFest® MS mud runs. As we close out the 2017 season, we wanted to shine a light on a story from one of our own. Meg Devlin, from our human resources team, knows quite well the struggles of living with multiple sclerosis. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 1999. As our final guest blog post, we wanted to share Meg and her mother’s story as a reminder of what we’ve been spending the better part of a year fighting for.

Here’s Meg’s story…

As an employee, I was beyond thrilled to discover that Traveler Beer Company was going to be sponsoring the MuckFest MS mud runs across the country, and was actively recruiting employees nationwide to participate in the events. The fight against multiple sclerosis hits close to home as my mother, Adrienne, was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS when she was only 29 years old. She was a mother of two young kids, working full-time and incredibly active within our community.

Over the years MS has taken its toll on her body. She has recently retired, and is living a slower paced life with my dad amidst the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Even though her energy levels are at an all-time low, most of her “good hours” are devoted to doing kind things for others, like cooking for those in need, and crocheting or painting beautiful gifts for her loved ones. She is brave, stubborn, perseverant and generous. She is the most amazing woman I know.

When I found out that I could pull together a group of my closest friends under the Traveler Beer Company’s team to Kick the Muck Out of MS, I was all in! In just a few weeks, we raised almost $3K to go toward MuckFest MS Boston. I’m honored to work for a company that supports a cause that means so much to my family. I am so grateful to the MS Society for putting on such an amazing event that is both fun and educational about multiple sclerosis. It truly captures the incredible spirit of the fight against this disease. I was moved by everyone I interacted with on the course (spectators and runners alike). It was great enjoying a Shandy with my fellow Muckers and hearing from other runners about their motivations for being a part of the event. I look forward to following the MuckFest MS team as they celebrate the strength of those who live with MS and raise awareness for this disease.

To all of the 2017 Muckers, it was a pleasure getting down and dirty with you this season. We look forward to sharing a Shandy with you in Texas and So Cal. Cheers!