“I’m Ken. I’m currently navigating my way through parenthood with my wife and our two kids. For those with a young family, you’ll know how challenging this can be – from juggling work commitments and family time to finding time (and motivation) to prioritise your own health.
I’ve recently learned of some of the challenges people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) experience on a day-to-day basis. MS is a disease of the central nervous system that can cause progressively worsening symptoms such as vision loss, pain, fatigue and impaired coordination. This can have a tremendously negative impact on the quality of life for people and their friends/family living with MS. Oftentimes, people living with MS struggle through these challenges alone. But despite these challenges, I’ve had the privilege of hearing stories of incredible resilience and positivity. A huge inspiration and reminder to myself around the importance of putting out ‘good vibes’ for the benefit of both yourself and others. And also a timely reminder not to take my own ability to run (no matter how amateur) for granted.
That’s why I’ve committed to the Taupo 50km Ultramarathon on October 15th, to raise awareness and funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of NZ (MSNZ). MSNZ is a non-profit organisation that supports the needs of people with MS, their families and carers, through national leadership, advocacy, communication, and national and international collaboration. Unfortunately, there’s no known cure for MS at this time, so all funds raised will go towards helping MSNZ in its mission to support the NZ MS community.”