Why I Muck: Alex A. from MuckFest MS Dallas

In 2016, Alex’s company chose the National MS Society to be their charity of the year, making MuckFest MS Dallas a team affair! Her company paid the registration fee for all employees, and together, they mucked. This cause, and this event, are especially important to Alex, as she is living with MS. Alex didn’t know what to expect that first year, but she became hooked and has never looked back! She will be back again this year, and is upping her fundraising game. Now a MuckFest MS vet, she’s telling us why she mucks…

How did you feel completing that first MuckFest MS?

It was such a fun time; my peeps and I knew immediately we wanted to do this every year!

What’s one thing you wish you had known for your first MuckFest MS?

I learned to wear a bathing suit underneath my clothes to help with the cleanup process afterwards.

What keeps you coming back again and again?

It is just such a fun time, and I love the obstacles! I especially love The Spinner because I like to see if I make it without falling into the water (and it’s hilarious when someone does)!

What was a challenge you overcame as part of MuckFest MS that you’re especially proud of?

I was apprehensive about getting wet, but after the zip-line I realize that it’s half the fun! I still have not overcome my fear of Crash Landing though and honestly do not see that changing in my future.

What are your favorite parts of MuckFest MS?

The overall spirit of the runners and volunteers. Everyone is so fun-loving and you can tell are there to just have a fun time! And the name! I love the play on words with “muck.” 🙂

What are you most looking forward to this year?

This year, fundraising has been exciting for me.  We didn’t really raise any money in the past so this is a new side that I have been eager to learn about, and I am looking forward to seeing how much money my team has raised by the event! And, the free beer.  But that’s a given.

You are a fundraising whiz! Any tips on that you can share?

Since this is my first-year fundraising, the big lesson I have learned so far, (and am still working on) is to not be scared to ask for donations.  The amount of people that have donated — time, money, raffle items, and more — has been incredible and I did not expect it.  I learned to start early with asking for donations if you have a fundraising event.  I have a good list of places I will be hitting up early next year!

What are your tips for some first time Muckers?

Tie your shoes super tight or duct tape them on, or they might get sucked off in the mud!

Why is this run so important, especially to you?

To show others, especially those that have been recently diagnosed, that this disease not define you and what you are capable of.  When I was first diagnosed and reading about all the symptoms and disabilities that could “possibly” happen, it was overwhelming and scary.  When I went to my first run and saw how many people had the same I Muck with MS Bandanna on that I did, it was a relief to me to know that I was not alone and fun things will not come to an end just because I have this disease.  It is also super important to me that the money goes towards research.  It is because of the research that there are many treatment options now. I was able to find a disease-modifying therapy that works for me, versus 20 years ago when there was barely anything.  I am hopeful that there will be a cure in this lifetime!

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