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06/02/2014

Students, Alumni, Staff Get Dirty to Fight Multiple Sclerosis, Raise Nearly $2K

MuckNearly a dozen students, alumni, and staff of University of the Sciences braved mud-filled pits, trenches, and craters as they participated in the Philadelphia MuckFest MS 5K on May 31. The team, dubbed Muddy Bunch, collectively raised nearly $2,000 to support the event’s mission of benefiting multiple sclerosis (MS) services and research.

"Just like the obstacles runners face during MuckFest MS Philadelphia, multiple sclerosis is unpredictable; you simply don't know what is going to happen next. That's why the money raised through this event is so important," said Tami Caesar, president of the National MS Society's Greater Delaware Valley Chapter.

This 5K fun-run is pure athletic hilarity, featuring a course packed with more than 20 outrageous and muddy obstacles. Each year, MuckFest MS Philadelphia attracts thousands of women and men, young and old, athletic and not-so-athletic, who band together on teams for a mucky 5K in support of a world free of MS.

Muck2It is not just about the fun and the slapstick shenanigans out on the course. There is also a mission behind the muck: 100% of funds raised by participants benefit the National MS Society, which provides programs and services that help people address the challenges of living with MS and funds cutting-edge research into the cause, treatment and a cure for MS.  MuckFest MS participants from across the United States have raised more than $16 million for the National MS Society.

For the past four years, Marc Caserio, director of campus recreation; and Marie Kiechel, fitness and wellness manager, have rallied together a group of USciences students to participate in the run. Caserio said this year's team was primarily made up of first-timers.

Team Muddy Bunch was made up of the following individuals: Kiki Chaudhary BI'15; Danielle Hoguet DPT'16; Brianna Ligotski DPT'18; Bhumi Patel PharmD'15; Priya Patel PA'14; Joshua Paul PharmD'15; Michael Rabinowitz PharmD'15; Robert Hand DPT ’14; Tyler Bartnick, friend of the University; Caserio, and Kiechel.

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