Our story, much like the many individuals we’ve met whose lives have intersected with multiple sclerosis, began with a diagnosis. In 2008, our friend/daughter/sister/all around buddy, Lexi Franklin, was diagnosed with MS. At 21 years of age, she learned that she would have to face a battery of debilitating changes and that her life would be drastically turned on its head. As days and weeks and months went by, We watched as the disease slowly robbed her of her strength and mobility. However, despite the painful injections and weakened muscles, she never let the disease take away her spirit. Inspired by her fight and seeking a way to help find a cure, we formed MS is BS.
Our team started informally in 2009 at our first event for the National MS Society – Walk MS 5K in Washington, DC. Lexi’s mom, Laura, picked up a flyer for the Capital Challenge 50K that the NMSS held every fall and asked Lexi’s sister, Angela, if it would be a good idea to give it a try. The family quickly rallied around the daunting training schedule and (at the time) seemingly impossible goal to raise $10,000 for the cause. That first year was nothing less than an inspiration. Lexi’s father Rick gathered his friends from the DC Blues community and put on a roaring Blues BBQ Fundraiser. Friends and family all signed up to volunteer at the two-day event, and helped to organize many, many events to raise necessary funds and awareness. Ultimately, our team raised $15,000 for the National MS Society and took home awards for “Best New Team” and “Hopeful Hikers (Fundraising Over $10,000)” We ended the event with a special treat – Lexi was asked to speak to all of the participants from the lawn of the US Capitol Building. As she reminded us of the reason why we all came together in the first place, we made a promise to continue working towards a cure for all who suffer from multiple sclerosis.
MS is BS (“Mind Strong is Body Strong”) is a group of friends united in the fight against multiple sclerosis. We are happy to raise awareness, raise funds, walk, bike, party, you name it, all for the sake of supporting the effort to find a cure for MS. We refuse to give in to the frustrations, sadness and despair that come with the news that multiple sclerosis has entered our lives (both directly and indirectly) and as such, support this cause that celebrates life. We are living to fight multiple sclerosis, and are moving towards a cure each and every day.