More MS news articles for September 2000

Runner is a winner no matter where she finishes

Dave Baumeye dabum@evansville.net

In 1992, I met someone who is probably - no is - the most awesome woman I have ever met and had the good fortune to become best friends. Susan Krieg believes in possibilities. She plans on running the Chicago Marathon this fall (that's 26.2 miles). That's the first half of the "possible" part. The other is she intends to raise $50,000 to help find the cure for multiple sclerosis.

In the year we met, Susan Krieg was diagnosed with MS. I met her through her husband, Dave, who was a running buddy. We would meet on Sunday mornings to run at the State Hospital and because Susan ran more along my pace, we would run together.

A couple years went by before I ever knew she had MS. She was always so upbeat, you would have never known she had a crippling disease.

MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms often include difficulty in walking, numbness and pain and loss of vision, just to name a few.

Instead of giving in to this disease, Susan Krieg has fought it the best way she knows how, living her life one day at a time, giving back to her family and friends all the love and support she has to give.

As in all lives, there have been bad and good times. She was bedridden for more than three months with her second child, but has also taken the time to help friends get back on their feet by moving them into her home for an extended period. She has never stopped trying to "help something happen" for those around her.

Susan is on a drug called Avonex, which coupled with her other medicine, has made a big difference in her mobility. This spring she ran the Indianapolis minimarathon in 2 hours and 4 minutes. For those of you who participated in the Evansville River Run, you know that this year it was more than just seasonably warm and slowed down many good runners.

Her goal is to finish the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 22 and raise $50,000. No either, no or, but both. AMGEN, the maker of Avonex, is sponsoring a Web site for her to promote this cause and also is sponsoring a team she put together for the marathon. She has already received $4,500 in pledges in two weeks.

If you have ever run the Evansville River Run, then you already know her.. She has sung the national anthem before the race for years. So, if you find it possible to make a donation, send it to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in care of Susan Krieg, 4978 Kingsbury Drive, Pittsboro, Ind. 46167. And an encouraging e-mail to her (www. kriegds@aol.com) would be most appreciated.