Multiple Sclerosis affects people in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 20 and 50. Every hour someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. More than 2.5 million people worldwide live with this unpredictable disease. The symptoms of MS are different for everyone; the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.
The Mackinaw Striders set a goal to walk from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City in 11 days, and to raise $25,000, which they later changed to $33,300, for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
They set off on August 26 from Grand Rapids and walked to Pierson, making a stop at the White Pine Trail staging area in Cedar Springs.
Sari Brummel Swets, 50, a former teacher who was diagnosed with MS in 2007, had previously finished four MS walks of 50 miles, but had never walked this far. She, along with her father, Roger Brummel, and brother-in-law Paul Katerburg, and team member Sandy Johnson, walked the whole way and then over the bridge for 225.7 miles. Other team members accompanied them along the way.
“I will make my mark and do my part to make a difference in the lives of those living with MS,” wrote Sari, on her support page. “By supporting me you too will make your mark in this pursuit.”
They fell short of their goal by $300. To see the team page and to donate, google “Mackinaw Striders.” to learn more about MS, visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/.