DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — After watching his mother battle Multiple Sclerosis, Curt Ehlinger decided to stop watching and start doing something to find a cure for the disease.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) attacks the body’s central nervous system and for many diagnosed with it, this means someday they may not be able to walk. Ehlinger’s mom was diagnosed when he was very young, but he remembers him and his family being devastated when they heard the news.
“When I was eight years old mom was diagnosed with MS and she was a very active young mother of four kids and it was a really scary time for us as a family. They didn’t know a whole lot about MS back then and all we knew was mom was sick.”
Often, a treatment for MS is trying to stay as active as possible, so for years his mother would walk three miles a day.
“She proved the doctors wrong by being active that’s what helped her remain so active and so healthy,” Ehlinger says.
Ehlinger’s passion to find a cure for his mother’s condition led him to an organization that raises money and awareness for MS through a national relay race. In 2016 Ehlinger ran from Des Moines, Iowa to Davenport, Iowa for the organization. He was not planning on doing it again this year, but something happened last Summer that changed his mind.
“This past summer the MS has progressed to a point where she just can’t physically walk three miles per day so it was at that point that I thought ‘I need to do this again’.”
In order for a person to qualify to run they must raise at least $10,000. Ehlinger says when he ran back in 2016 the Dubuque community helped him raise well above that.
“Three years ago when I ran we raised, this community not curt Ehlinger, but this community raised $41,000.”
Ehlinger will be running nine days from Nevada to Utah starting on April 22nd. He is almost to the $10,000 goal.
If you would like to help him get to his goal, you can visit his donation site here.