Update: Lauren Finishes Her Leg of the "MS Run the US"!
A new runner is carrying the baton on toward the finish line in New York. There's still time for you to support MS research.
Saturday! Woohoo!! We celebrated in spirit with those who cheered in person when Lauren crossed the finish line of her part of the relay today in Brookville PA:
All week we've been telling you about the cross-country relay fundraiser to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Lauren's story really captured our imagination, because of her friend and inspiration John Platt, who has run marathons despite his MS. Below, you can read about John's battle, and who inspires *him* to keep taking one more step each day -- literally and figuratively (that's John, above left, with Lauren and Frank Velasquez, Director of Sports Performance at Allegheny Health Network at the Brookville finish line).
Although friends and family members ran and biked segments of the relay with her, Lauren's run was otherwise pretty solitary as she made her way along the back roads of western Pennsylvania.
Beautiful Brookville, about 90 miles north east of Pittsburgh.
A joyful Lauren posted on her Facebook page : And just like that 167 miles in 6 days is complete! I am humbled and beyond grateful for the amount of love and support I have received from my family, friends, the MS community and the MS run the US family. I can't put into words the journey I just experienced but all I can say at the moment is thank you for supporting me and those living with MS ?? Here's to segment 17!
Lauren hands off the baton to Bridget. Safe travels!
Bridget McIlroy will be running the next leg, Segment 18 of the relay, finishing up in Sunbury, PA late next week. Bridget says on her fundraising page (click here) : "I will be running 150 miles in 6 days in honor of my aunt Ellen, cousin Liz, Rob, and all those who have MS." Go Bridget!
Click here to donate to the fundraisers of any of the runners who are participating in the rela y, and to track their progress.
(Images and video: Lauren Wentz Facebook page )