This years annual Muckfest Detroit was another banner year for team Healthcare journey.com.We came in 4th place overall with nearly $6,000 raised. Big thanks to our teams top fundraiser again Eric Rayner who was also the number 2 overall event fundraiser.
This year we raised funds by raffling off many local items from haircuts to massages and of course some booze!Thank you to all of our donors.
MuckFest was a very busy time for me as I was on both the Michigan and National Team Captain Boards not to mention trying to bring in donations and get items donated for the raffle. It was interesting to hear all of the behind the scenes work and planning that goes into making such a massive event go off seamlessly, it’s not easy. While working on promoting I got to work with Kristina and Tammy from the Michigan MS Society Chapter, very nice and hard working ladies, hats off to you!
MuckFest is always a time of reflection for me, I think back to the first year I participated and how scared I was. Everything was still an unknown for me, I was fading fast and could barely catch my breath. MuckFest was my first venture out into the MS community, my first chance to see how others were handling their disease. It wasn’t pretty I left that event pretty shaken and extremely certain that things were headed down the tubes quickly. Now four years later things are different, I have an optimistic outlook and I am still improving everyday.
Eventually I will run a MuckFest but at this point I’m still relying on my electronic walking device and can’t afford to short it out...again. The weather was perfect and our team was high energy, we even recruited a few new team members to join us this year. While my team sludged off into the muck I wandered around the grounds and talked with a few people in the same boat as me just hanging around while their teams ran for them. It was great talking to people with a positive outlook that knew they were appreciated and loved.
One of the bonuses of being on the team captain board was that I was interviewed by Fox 2 Detroit to tell a little bit of my story and share my team's success (click on the link below or my picture below to see it!). Now I can check that off the list! It was funny as the woman that interviewed me had to stand on a bucket to make the shot not look ridiculous, she was maybe 5 feet tall and I’m 6’6”.
With another MuckFest in the books I could finally relax...or drive to Toronto and then relax...or drive to Big Bay Michigan and then relax..or head to New York City and relax, Oh well at least I have a lot to write about!!
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