Why Run for Your Life?

Andrea Sawtooth wilderness

Andrea is running for her life. In the summer of 2011, numbness started in her feet and slowly began creeping up her legs, within days she was stumbling, within a week she lost the use of her hands. The eventual diagnosis was multiple sclerosis (MS) – a terrifying illness. It attacks the central nervous system causing a range of symptoms from numbness to paralysis that can come and go at unpredictable intervals. Normally functioning adults can suddenly be facing disability. There is no cure. Andrea is one of many who suffer this disease.

Some brief facts about MS:

Keeping active is one of the best things Andrea and others living with MS can do for their health. As a runner, soccer player, kayaker, hiker, and skier – Andrea has never backed down from a challenge. She is not backing down from MS.

Although Andrea is running for her life, she does not see exercise as a chore, but as privilege and an inspiration. We want to share this inspiration with others in her hometown of Corvallis by organizing a run to support treatment of MS. Her wish is to support a local organization that is helping people with MS.

Run For Your Life supports the critical work of the Oregon State University Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program and raises awareness for multiple sclerosis. For 15 years the program has been providing individualized physical activity instruction for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The program is offered free of charge. Two graduate students run the program with the assistance of 25 undergraduates who volunteer their time. The program has no funds to purchase new equipment for participants. Primary pieces have been handed down from gyms on campus, which often need to be repaired or modified for the participants with disabilities. Your sponsorship would assist the program providing the latest in equipment to help those with MS reach their potential for activity. For example, arm ergometers and seated cable stations could be purchased for individuals in wheelchairs or with balance issues.

HOTV Runners is a 501(c)(3) organized under RRCA's (Road Runner Clubs of America) group exemption, and donations are tax-deductible.

If you would like make a tax-deductible donation to the Oregon State University Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program, please click the Donate button below.

Press/Media Coverage

KEZI 9 Story and Video, Corvallis Gazette Times article