Ultra marathoner runs for his daughter, and to beat back neurological disorder

ST. CHARLES, MO – A St. Charles man faced with a life-changing diagnosis will embark on a challenge that will push his body to the limit. As the sun rises over the Colorado mountains Saturday morning (Aug. 18), Matthew Porter will begin running and will not stop for nearly 30 hours.

For two years, Porter has been training for the Leadville Trail 100, an annual ultramarathon that will take him on trails and dirt roads near Leadville, CO through the heart of the Rocky Mountains.


Three and a half years ago, a doctor ordered an MRI to look into some tension Porter was feeling in his back. That is when the doctor first noticed signs of Multiple Sclerosis.

On a scale from one to ten, Porter says most days his pain is at a two or three. On the bad days, it is closer to a seven or eight. Sometimes he experiences uncontrollable tingling from his fingertips to the back of his skull. Other times, his chest muscles contract intensely into what he says people in the M.S. community call the “M.S. hug.”

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Good luck to Matthew Porter who is going to be running in the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon. It will be quite a challenge for him going from elevation of 577 feet in St. Charles, Missouri to an elevation of 10,152 feet in Leadville Colorado. Leadville has the highest elevation of an incorporated city in the United States. Leadville’s elevation is so high that you can’t boil water there.

According to the National MS Society as of October of 2016, there were 14,420 people in Colorado living with Multiple Sclerosis and 11,101 living with the disease in Missouri.

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14,420 of the 490,616 Americans that have MS live in Colorado.

Source: National MS Society 10/2016.

Optic Neuritis – Condition caused by Multiple Sclerosis where the optic nerve is damaged due to inflammation and lesions. Resulting in temporary or permanent visual issues ranging from blurred or double vision to blindness.

Each person’s path with MS is unique, as a result not everyone with Multiple Sclerosis will have this medical condition.

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Bike MS Rider Does 150-Miles on High Wheel Bike « CBS Denver

 

“The illness of MS is not because of people’s abhorrent behavior. It can attack anybody. To do anything we can do to bring attention and raise funds for research for a cure for that, we want to do it,” Samuel explained.

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Samuel will be joined by about 25 co-workers from his company, Samuel Engineering. Over the years, the team has raised about $71,000 and has hosted a rest stop for the National MS Society.

“Business is good and all of that, but at the end of the day, it’s about people, and compassion, and helping where you could,” Samuel said

via Bike MS Rider Does 150-Miles on High Wheel Bike « CBS Denver

I know several cyclists who are involved with Bike MS Oklahoma and I have also helped in the past, but I’ve seen a high wheel bike being used in the event. Fact is I’ve never seen a high wheel bike being ridden. I also wondered how you would ride it. The video attached with this story shows how to mount and ride a high wheel bike.

A special thanks to Mr. Samuel, his teammates and Samuel Engineering, for raising $71,000; besides getting involved with Multiple Sclerosis community.

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Tremors that many can confuse with Parkinson’s disease are  a result of nerve damage from Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Each person’s path with MS is unique, as a result not everyone with Multiple Sclerosis will have this medical condition.

Multiple Sclerosis is a unpredictable disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain, optic nerve and spinal cord.

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