Lexi McNutt wrote -
The race that I started with the help of family and friends is the Aspen TNT 10K. The race showcases a unique route on various trails, bike paths, and sidewalks around the town of Aspen, Colorado that I run (and love) regularly. The Aspen TNT donates 100% of the net proceeds to the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. MS is a chronic disease of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more. MS is the leading cause of disability in young women and the second leading cause of disability in young men. When I was diagnosed with MS, I was shocked and scared. Right now, I am lucky that my symptoms are not severe. I hope to keep it that way. If I had been diagnosed in the early 1990s, there would have been no effective disease treatment. Now there are treatments that can reduce MS attacks and slow disease activity. I believe wholeheartedly that through continued research a cure for MS will be found in my lifetime. There have been several recent breakthroughs in research that have given the MS community hope for this cure. The key to this is ongoing research. Over the past two years, the Aspen TNT has donated over $100,000 for research to the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. With your help, we will to be able to continue our support of the efforts of the National MS Society. The National MS Society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world.