This isn’t the first time that MS has affected my family. At the age of 15 my mum, Delia was diagnosed, and in December 2016, aged 23, I was also diagnosed.
Whilst this news was devastating for me and my family, I have taken great inspiration from my Mum who has never let MS get in her way. To me, she is the human equivalent of the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.
With this in mind my godfather, Gareth very kindly decided to make lemonade from those lemons that my family and I have been given. Taking inspiration from our surname, he has organised “The Button Walk” which is an amazing chance for family and friends to come together, challenge themselves, show solidarity, raise awareness and much-needed funds for research into MS.
Challenging participants to take on as much or as little as they are able. This 60-mile walk takes place over 6-days, beginning in Bubbenhall, Warwickshire and ending in Tewksbury, Gloucestershire.
When asked to research charities to support The Button Walk, my mother and I chose MSIF and more specifically Kiss Goodbye to MS as it embraces everything that the Button Walk is about – positivity, challenge and raising awareness.
I have always enjoyed challenging myself. In 2014 I climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In 2015 I completed the Shakespeare Half Marathon in Stratford-Upon-Avon and have got a place in the London Marathon for 2018.
I am really looking forward to taking on the Button Walk, and I hope to raise as much money as possible for Kiss Goodbye to MS. I hope to improve the quality of life for people living with MS and become one step closer to a world free of MS.
If anyone would like to make a donation or take part in the Button Walk here are the link to the pages I have set up.