Megan Spaulding was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in late fall of 2012.
Last Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the MS Walk reinforced what she already knew. Megan has an excellent support system of loving people.
Megan is the daughter of Karla and Rob Grimm of Waymart, owners of Grimm Racing which races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
In Her Corner
It was announced earlier this year that the #71 Chevrolets and Toyota would each carry the National Multiple Sclerosis Society logo on the race car.
The logo will remain there for the entire season as a way to provide awareness and support for Megan and those afflicted by the disease.
Megan chose to get involved with the MS Walk at Pocono Raceway by being a team leader. Her team's name was M.S.' Warriors.
The annual event is sponsored by the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National MS Society. Funds raised by the walk provide life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.
There are more than 14,000 people living with MS in the local chapter's region.
When Megan sounded the call for members, over 135 sponsored walkers from Texas to Virginia and PA to Maine including her family, friends, neighbors, local businesses, and church members answered the call.
And they answered in a big way. M.S' Warriors raised $33,632. Megan's sponsor list alone raised $15,890.
The MS Walk website will continue to accept contributions through the end of May.
"I know we have a big support system," said Megan. "But, to see the visual number really helps it for everybody else too. I know how much support I have and to be able to share that with everybody, I think it really showed today."
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M.S. Warriors joined several other teams from the Delaware Valley where over 650 people walked 3 miles around the Pocono Raceway facility.
The Grimm Racing #71 Toyota, fresh off a top-10 finish at Bristol, was on display for everyone to see and touch. M.S. Warrior and RGR driver Eddie MacDonald was happy to sign hero cards as a souvenir.
At the end of the day, Megan reflected back on the planning and hard work by many to make it a success.
"A huge thank you can't be said enough," said Megan. "It was a team effort. Our numbers really showed on both walkers and money. But, it wasn't done just by one person.
"It might have been my inspiration to the group, but it was family members, parents... everybody."
For team members, Megan is an inspiration.
A banner flew in the breeze and had the following words: strength, faith, hope, love, survival. Awareness helps save lives.
Let's find a cure!
Over & Out
The Grimm Racing team will be back in action on Saturday, June 1.
With veteran driver Eddie MacDonald at the wheel, the #71 Chevy will take the track at Bowman/Grey Stadium in Winston-Salem (NC) for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150.