Melissa Kanter - 2020 TTMS Racer (NYC Half Marathon and Philadelphia Marathon)
I am proud once again to be a racer for Team Tisch MS (TTMS). After completing my 4th marathon as part of the inaugural season for TTMS in 2015, I have continued to be inspired and motivated by all the Team Tisch athletes. Finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is near and dear to my heart.
Unfortunately, I have seen firsthand how this disease can affect those that have it. It looks differently on everyone. Some fight it quietly without wanting to burden those around them (although it’s never a burden), some fight it loudly and ferociously and others simply take it day by day. But no matter how it looks, the disease is tough and those that fight it are some of the strongest warriors that I know. And in the end, a world without MS would be a better place and the work of the Tisch MSRCNY researchers are breaking down barriers and taking us closer to a cure.
This year, I am dedicating my fundraising efforts to honor the amazing work that my husband Dr. Stephen Kanter does each day working to grow TTMS in addition to being a physical therapist at the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice (IMSMP). He works tirelessly to help those with MS live their lives more fully and his passion knows no bounds. I am so proud when I learn about what he has done to make lives better for people with MS. Through his work, I have had the opportunity to meet amazing doctors, practitioners, and researchers who are pioneering new approaches to treat and hopefully cure MS. It is truly inspiring to have a front row seat to this amazing work.
So as I begin training, which means lots of long runs, I hope that you will support me in this cause. Whatever contribution you make, no matter the size, will have a huge impact.
I thank you in advance for helping me cross additional finish lines!