GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — What would you do for a friend in need? One Lafayette woman is in the midst of running to Wisconsin.
Kate Wright is participating in a national walk to support her friend and others who are suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Wright is starting her race at her front door in Greater Lafayette and finishing at her friend's home in Madison, Wisconsin.
"I figured I have legs, I can run I can walk so let's do something," said Wright.
Wright started running 100-mile ultramarathons four years ago. Around that time her friend Allyson Bright was diagnosed with MS, a disease that attacks the body's central nervous system. It can cause the body to shut down over time and there is no cure.
"Allyson was my freshman college roommate and we just got to be really really good friends and we've stayed incredible friends since then," said Wright. "When she got diagnosed a few years ago with MS, I wasn't really sure a lot about MS and so I did a little more research on it and I'm like, 'wow this is like crazy,' and it's crazy that people that young can be affected by it."
The National MS Society hosts an annual MS walk/fundraiser. This year, instead of one main event, organizers have decided to make it a virtual run so runners can race and raise money on their own time. Wright said this virtual race has not only brought an opportunity for her to support the cause but to also make a long-overdue visit.
"My friend Allyson and I have kind of joked for probably about four years about me running to Madison and then back in February I was thinking about how I wanted to go for this fundraising walk this year, I said, maybe I should just run to Madison this year," said Wright.
Wright will be running through parts of Indiana, Illinois, and finally ending in Wisconsin. Her goal is to raise $2,750 dollars, which represents the 275 miles she'll be running. She said this will be a seven-day trip where she runs 40-miles a day.
"I know that the pandemic has effected so many non-profits and with all of the national MS Society's walks going virtual, I know that's had to have affected them," said Wright.
The National MS Society provides treatments for current patients and is working toward a cure for the disease. Wright is encouraging people to donate, and as she makes her way through three states, she's also encouraging people to run as well, even if it's just a few miles.
"I have seen so much in the last few months the community, like Lafayette coming together helping people through this pandemic and this is just another way to keep helping people," said Wright.