Baker joins the quest for an MS cure

Story by Mykaela Cross, Assistant Editor

Baker University is teaming up with alumni and athletes to participate in Trifest for MS, a triathlon benefit with goals to raise awareness and money in honor of those with the immune disease Multiple Sclerosis. This annual triathlon will take this Saturday and Sunday in Bentonville, Arkansas and will include events for all ages.

Trifest for MS is funded and hosted by Scott Rampy and the Rampy MS Research Foundation. Rampy became an MS activist when his wife, Jo Rampy, was diagnosed with MS in 2002 and later founded Rampy MS Research Foundation in November of 2011. He has since then tried to spread awareness and has raised more than a half a million dollars for patients and families dealing with the disease.

Martha Harris, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is helping to include Baker in the quest for an MS cure and has been a proactive part in the communications between Baker and Rampy.

“The event is a chance to get Baker involved and offer internship opportunities for students,” Harris said.

Harris is a strong supporter of triathlons and contests like them. Having volunteered before, she finds that the benefits that come with community events go beyond just awareness and fundraising.

“I think [Trifest for MS] is really great,” Harris said. “It is a great opportunity for healthy competition and to build community spirit while investing in a good cause.”

Harris encourages students to get involved and keep a look out for information involving the event and future internship opportunities. Anyone interested in learning more about Trifest for MS or the Rampy MS Research Foundation can visit the website.