Why I Muck: Cathy S. of MuckFest MS Chicago

MuckFest MS Chicago is this weekend, and if you happen to see a team in bright tie dye t-shirts, you can bet it’s team “MARCHING ON.” Led by captain Cathy S., she is certainly a Mucker on a Mission. After receiving her own diagnosis almost a decade ago, she has been marching on and never giving up. She’s hoping her Muck story will inspire others to get down and dirty in the mud.

Tell us your Muck story…

I was diagnosed with MS in 2008. I had my symptoms a lot longer as I am sure many other people have before they were diagnosed. I started my team “Marching On” in 2014 with only six people. I created a Facebook page called MuckFest MS “Marching On.” Our friends, family, and other people living with MS follow the page and know that we are doing this for them. In 2015 and 2016 my team grew and we LOVED Mucking.

This year we have 20 people on the team. This is the biggest team I had yet. This is also the most I have raised this year so far.

I named it “Marching On” because that was the year I decided I was going to march on in life with MS and that MS no longer controlled my life.

MuckFest MS has 18 obstacles! Tell us about your favorites!

The obstacle I am most proud of conquering is the Spider Web, because I am afraid of heights, and I had so much anxiety on that one. I didn’t do it the first year because of that.

My favorite obstacle would be the Swing Set because I can get a chance to wash off some of the mud. LOL. I think I am most excited this year because I wasn’t able to make it last year and this year my team is bigger than ever.

What advice do you have for first-time Muckers?

The BEST ADVICE I could give you is to tape your shoes on. And wear knee pads for everyone and maybe elbow pads for people with delicate skin.

I also LOVE The Lil’ Muckers Area! Stop by that area! My daughter really thought she was making a difference by doing her part as a Lil’ Mucker. This is the first year she is mucking it with our team and she is really excited!

Why do you continue to Muck?

I love Muckfest MS because, first of all, it is fundraising for MS. And it raises awareness for MS. Oh, and it is FUN! And did I say that it is for people with all types of physical activity levels?! You can crawl, walk, jog, run, you can even walk around obstacles if you feel like you don’t want to do it. It’s okay! Most of all, it is FUN!

I LOVE THE TEAMWORK! If you don’t have a team and are looking for one that has all types of people you can feel free to join mine. We help each other. Some people do run through and run back to check on us but we ALWAYS CROSS THE FINISH LINE TOGETHER!

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