A women with multiple sclerosis plans to run a 166-mile segment of the MS Run.
In the back of her mind, Deanna Tysdal knew the numbness in her thumb wasn’t from a volleyball injury. And when the numbing sensation spread across her hand, she couldn’t ignore it.
After several doctor appointments, Tysdal, then 28 years old, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease that causes damage to nerves in the brain or spinal cord.
Though the disease is daunting, Tysdal hasn’t let it slow her down. In May, the Omaha woman will run a 166-mile segment of the MS Run the US relay. Her segment stretches from Vernal, Utah, to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The 3,100-mile relay, from Los Angeles to New York, raises funds to support multiple sclerosis research. Runners spend time training and fundraising before the relay, which is split into 18 segments. To gather money for the relay — her goal is $15,000 — Tysdal has an online fundraising page and will participate in a 24-hour endurance challenge on Saturday.
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