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Mark’s bold challenge – 14.1km for 100 days for MS research!

We all love a good challenge. And what a challenge it is indeed to run 14.1km each day for 100 days – that’s the equivalent of completing the City2Surf each day for over three months! 😱

Mark Turner, one of our Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraisers took on this huge challenge to raise funds for life-changing MS research. Mark made the committment to complete 14.1km every day for 100 days in support of his sister in-law Kym, who was diagnosed with MS in 2018. Kym’s diagnosis came as a massive shock to Mark.

“I had of course heard of the disease, but had never known anyone with MS. It struck me as particularly cruel because she was only in her early 30’s…”

Ever since then, Mark and his partner Amy have shown their support for Amy’s sister Kym, and the other 25,600 Australians living with MS by raising funds for all facets of MS through various events over the years. This year, Mark set himself his own ambitious fundraising challenge for vital MS research.

He drew inspiration from his home country in the UK and the ‘Land’s End to John O’Groats’ route – popular with runners, walkers and cyclists, and famous for its length being the distance between the two most distant points on the British mainland in the southwest and northeast. By road, the route is 1,410kms long, so Mark came up with the magical equation of completing 14.1km each day for 100 days to challenge himself to his very own ‘Land’s End to John O’Groats’ and add a little touch of home. 🏠

Mark says that the combination of having no breaks for 100 days combined with the cold, and most recently snowy, Canberra mornings were challenging both mentally and physically. However, thanks to the encouragement and motivation from his partner Amy, his sister in-law Kym and a few of Mark’s best friends who joined him on some runs, he remained committed to not give up.

With his determination, Mark raised an incredible $4,262 for MS research to help accelerate discoveries into the prevention, better treatments and a cure for MS.

“Honestly I just want MS gone – it’s as simple as that. I will keep raising what I can for MS research, so our researchers can find a cure for people like Kym.”

We are so appreciative of people like Mark and his generous sponsors, who are passionate about improving the quality of life and changing the future for people living with MS for the better. ❤️

MS predominantly affects young women, like Kym, with three out of four people diagnosed being female. The average age of diagnosis is between just 20–40 years old, meaning MS often hits in the prime of people’s lives. At MS Research Australia, we are committed to raising funds for life-changing MS research until one day we can Kiss Goodbye to MS once and for all.

📲 To register your own Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraiser for MS research, please click here: https://kissgoodbyetoms.org/register/

For more inspiration, check out our virtual fundraising ideas or get in touch with us at [email protected] to get your fundraiser off the ground – we love talking all things fundraising! 😍