On October 28, local Kari Albrecht Earll and her husband, Mike, will be racing in support of the MS community alongside thousands of runners for the 43rd Annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. Kari and Mike are members of Team MSAA, a group of individuals racing and raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, a nonprofit organization that provides free programs and services to individuals with MS and their families.

Kari was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013 – however, this did not stop her from completing her first full marathon the following year. At a recent follow-up appointment with her neurologist, Kari mentioned her goal of completing a half marathon in every state. Her neurologist suggested that she join Team MSAA for the Marine Corps marathon to help her get one step closer to her goal while supporting a cause she cares about. Now, Kari and her husband are training hard in preparation for the race!

“When I was diagnosed, I had no idea what MS really was,” said Kari. “I thought people with MS were all in wheelchairs and not able to walk. Here I am still running…MS does not define who I am, it is just something that I manage…I have days that are not as great but with the support of my husband and my daughters, I keep pushing on.”

To date, Kari and Mike have raised more than $2,000 for MSAA’s free programs and services! “Life is too short not to enjoy it,” said Kari. “We all have goals and dreams that we want to achieve, and we have to keep reaching for them.”

Via Press Release