The 1st annual ‘STEP it out against MS’ charity golf tournament was held over the weekend, and I was honored to be there to document the action.
The tournament was made possible by the hardwork of Ben Stepowany, an amazing supporter/advocate/organizer/passionate member of the MS Society and its events. He’s also the driving force behind the success of the STEP it out against MS Walk team in Charlotte – a top fundraising team each year. His story as it relates to MS is a personal one, and with his permission, I’ve included a few of his words from the Charlotte Walk MS website:
My mom was diagnosed with MS over 20 years ago. While it’s been a long and difficult time, my mom has remained positive throughout. Not once have I seen her let MS get the better of her. Sure, there have been the occassional accidents and broken bones, but even that hasn’t stopped my mom from living and loving life. She’s the strongest person I know and my hero.
I wish there was more I could do to show her how appreciative I am. By creating a team and raising money to fight this disease, I hope to show some appreciation. But having the biggest team or raising the most money still wouldn’t come close to express how much I love her and how thankful I am that she’s my mom.
I started walking for my mom, but now I walk to do something for everyone affected by this terrible disease. I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.
Collectively, our family and our teams have raised over $250,000 through our involvement with Walk MS over the past 8 years. This number is astonishing and we could not have done it without the help and support of all of you. Thanks for all those who have helped in the past and for all those helping this year.
Yesterday’s tournament had over 60 players and raised $4,110.00 for the National MS Society!
Congratulations, Ben — your dedication to helping find a cure is inspiring! It was wonderful day.
Special thanks to the Hole Sponsors, and all those who donated raffle prizes!
If you’re interested in donating to the Charlotte Walk MS team, you can do so here!