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About

Our Mission

Miles For MS is a non-profit charitable organization that strives to assist those suffering from, and ultimately cure, Multiple Sclerosis. We pledge 100% of our profits to MS research in order to create a world free from the emotional and physical sufferings of MS. We seek for every person to be able to live a fully independent and mobile life.

Who We Are

We are a group of Northwestern students that are passionate about being active, inspiring others, and raising money for those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. Whether it be running a half marathon, biking across Illinois, or selling lemonade, our main focus is raising funds for MS research.

We invite you to email us about getting involved, either to take part in one of our events or undertake your own athletic venture to fund MS research.

How We Started

Adam Wozny founded Miles For MS in 2012, with the intention of doing something significant and lasting for his mother who had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, before he left for college. Having participated in various sports for many years, he decided to focus his passion for exercise on a philanthropic goal: raising as much money as possible for MS research.

Despite never having biked farther than 10 miles at a time, Adam began training for a weeklong 500-mile ride from Cairo, IL to Harvard, IL. After months of training and raising over $4,500 in pledges from his friends and family, he completed the ride in 7 days. The National MS Society Greater Chicagoland Chapter recognized Adam's efforts and named him its Volunteer of the Year (2012).

Since then, Miles For MS has expanded to include other events. Athletes have completed 50Ks, Illinois bike tours, and Half Marathons while raising funds for MS research. Since 2014, Miles For MS has been a sponsored charity at the Chicago Spring 13.1.

Events

Chicago Spring Half Marathon

May 22nd, 2016

Race and fundraising details TBA.

Galveston, TX Half Ironman

April 10th, 2016

Adam will be taking part in the Galveston 70.3 — a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run — in order to raise funds for MS research.

Contact

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Adam Wozny | President

Adam is from Harwood Heights, IL. In addition to pursuing a degree in Economics at Northwestern University, he is the Founder of Miles For MS. He oversees the overall operations of Miles For MS, frequently meets and corresponds with donors, helps out with event preparation, and assists in leading training sessions and workouts.

Contact: adamwozny@milesforms.com
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Matt Middleton | Vice President

Matt is from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a senior studying Economics and Integrated Marketing at Northwestern University. Matt has served in several marketing, financial, and organizational positions both at home and on campus. He assists in managing the website as well as communicating with corporate sponsors.

Contact: matthewmiddleton@milesforms.com
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Salome Lezhava | Public Relations

Salome is from Tbilisi, Georgia. She is a senior at Northwestern University studying Journalism and Marketing Communication with a minor in Psychology. Salome has developed relations with dozens of professors, corporations, and students through her work as a journalist. She assists with the website design and the organization's social media presence.

Contact: salomelezhava2016@u.northwestern.edu
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Duncan Orlander | Communications Coordinator

Duncan is from Boston, Massachusetts. He is a senior at Northwestern University studying Political Science and Global Health. Duncan has been involved in many volunteering efforts in the Evanston community and across the country through various Northwestern volunteering groups. He is responsible for logistics including routes, transportation, and advertising for the organization.

Contact: duncanorlander@milesforms.com
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Nour Alharithi | Operations

Nour is a Computer Science and Mathematics student at Northwestern. Academically, he is interested in pursuing a PhD in theoretical computer science. Athletically, he is primarily a triathlete racing for Northwestern's team, but he has also run marathons and half marathons, most recently the 2014 Chicago Marathon, where he qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Contact: nouralharithi2012@u.northwestern.edu