Since 2010, a group of roller derby players from Iowa strap on their skates and do what they do best — skate. Except this time they’re not shelling out hits and turning left on a track. They’re traveling across a new state each year to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis research. This May, they’re taking on the state of Kansas.
Dani “Dubbs” Bock, Melissa “Mo Payne” Dittberner and Libby “PBR” Claeys of the Sioux City Roller Dames skated 266 miles across South Dakota in 2010; 216 miles across Nebraska in 2011; and a very hilly 231 miles across Iowa last year. After the skate is completed, Sk8 the State for MS will donate 100% of the net proceeds from the fundraiser to the Mid America Chapter of the National MS Society, which is based in Kansas City and serves several Midwestern states. The skaters hope to break the $15,000 mark this year.
Meet the Sk8 the State for MS team:
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. To learn more about MS, visit Nationalmssociety.org.
Sk8 the State T-shirts, socks and wristbands are available. Contact them through the group’s Facebook page to place an order.
To make a cash donation, stop at any Wells Fargo bank and contribute to the “Sk8 The State” fund.
More information on Sk8 the State for MS can be found on their blog: Sk8thestate.blogspot.com.