Caledonia woman makes strides against MS

CALEDONIA — Rebecca Benish, along with her teammates, last week proved that a multiple sclerosis diagnosis doesn’t have to mean a sedentary life or confinement to a wheelchair.

Benish, 39, of Caledonia, was joined by more than 90 teammates in the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Oct. 21 in Detroit.

“It was so exciting,” Benish said of the marathon.

The members of the Run A Myelin My Shoes team, half of whom have MS, ran various distances: Some did the whole marathon, some did half and others, like Benish, took part in a relay. Benish ran 12.9 miles that day, making up two legs of the relay. Others from every continent across the globe joined in running or walking. The team worked to raise money and awareness for the National MS Society.

Congratulations and thank you to Rebecca Benish, Cheryl Hile and the rest of the Run A Myelin My Shoes team, on completing the Detroit Marathon. Excellent job of fund-raising and MS awareness.

Runners at Detroit’s marathon expo prepare to chase their dreams

It’s not Cheryl Hile’s first time running a marathon internationally. She has run one on every continent (there’s seven of them, in case you forgot).

Hile has 97 people on her running team for the marathon, 44 of whom have multiple sclerosis. It’s a part of her inaugural “Run a Myelin my Shoes” marathon campaign. Myelin is the tissue that protects nerve cells. In people with MS, myelin is gradually being reduced, so the messages from the brain get interrupted.

“After traveling around the world doing marathons, you get to meet really cool people,” said Hile, who is from Monterey, California. “And this is a chance to celebrate what we can do despite MS.”

Hile has run 44 marathons since her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She’s also the first person with multiple sclerosis to run a marathon on every continent.

Good luck to Cheryl Hile, and the 97 Runners on her team. It’s amazing the team has 44 runners with MS and that she’s run marathons on all 7 continents.

I also like the name she selected for her inaugural run “Run a Myelin My Shoes”.