When Kari Albrecht Earll was diagnosed with the often debilitating disease multiple sclerosis, she was devastated. She thought her passion for running would have to end.
“I cried a lot. I went home, told my husband I was OK with him leaving me if he wanted to and he said he wasn’t leaving me. He would race in a wheelchair with me if that’s what it meant,” Earll said.
But five years later, Earll and her husband Mike will be running together – sans wheelchairs – in the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.
“I think a lot of people don’t understand because people do associate MS with a wheelchair and it’s not true,” Earll said.
Good luck to Kari Albrecht Earll and her husband Mike, who are running in the Marine Corps Marathon. Also thank you for what you are doing to fundraise for the MSAA and MS awareness. I believe more awareness of MS means more understanding for those of us with the disease and more donations.
Over 11,000 people live in Missouri with MS according to the National MS Society, as of October 2016.