Steps for MS was founded with the purpose of providing immediate relief and support for those who are suffering from MS and their families. Through working with other organizations and individuals Steps for MS will be producing a documentary with interviews from individuals and their families who suffer from MS throughout the different regions of the country as I walk and stay with them. The hope is that this documentary will be able to raise enough money to provide these families and more with support and relief. I thank you for all your support and hope that you will keep posted on where I am in this cross country journey and how things are progressing. If you would like to support the walk and cause, or are able to provide a place to stay for one of the nights please email how you would like to get involved to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leading up to the start of the walk steps4ms.org will have updates on my training, fundraising milestones, and various information regarding the upcoming walk as well as other events. During the walk there will be updates on my location that will include pictures and videos of our beautiful country and reader e-mails with my responses.
Thank you again.
Meet the Walker
Hi, my name is Stephen Homsey.
I was born on October 19, 1984 in Winchester, MA. I spent the majority of my youth getting involved in sports and outdoor hobbies/activities and carried this lifestyle with me, playing sports through High School and enjoying the not so distant mountains of New England. After graduating from Winchester High School in 2003, I attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. There I was able to maintain a very active and adventurous lifestyle. I joined a fraternity, Pi Lambda Phi, and was quickly introduced into a more philanthropic lifestyle, filled with community service projects, and aiding our International Chapters in our philanthropy.
Then, on May 10, 2009, I suffered a myriad of serious injuries as a result of falling over 40 feet off of a Boston apartment building, leaving me immobile for an extended period of time. During my rehabilitation I realized how lucky I was and how fragile life is. In the many hours of down time I was able to research a lot of things. One in particular was Multiple Sclerosis. Something I could relate to in some degree, the loss of mobility suddenly and how you and your family cope with the struggle. Fortunately mine was temporary, but there are many who are not so fortunate. With my second chance I made a vow to make the most out of every day and give back as much as I could. It was then that I realized what I was to do. Craving the open road I decided to walk across the country, see the true inner happening of the states, making stops at various cities along the way, and meeting whoever I happened upon. However, just walking wasn’t enough, I wanted to take this opportunity to help and better the approximately 400,000 individuals in the U.S. who suffer from MS with their everyday lives. In November 2009 it was decided, I was walking, but with May quickly approaching there was not enough time to organize everything. The walk would be postponed 1 year. The more I talked about it the more people wanted to get involved, taking it from a small act of good to one that has limitless potential. There, on the day of July 13, 2010, Steps for MS was incorporated. A non-profit with a strong desire to not only discover a cure for MS but to support the people battling it everyday.
2 years after the fall, on May 10, 2011, I will be departing the East coast on a journey across the country.
Now that you have met the man that is going to be spending six months walking across the country, I would like to take this time to let you know what to expect from Steps for MS.
The most important goal at this organization is to raise awareness, as well as raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research and immediate support for MS patients and families. In order to do that, we will be putting together a business plan to present to various companies/corporations to get sponsorship and all of the necessary supplies for the walk (shoes, clothes, GPS, nutritional supplements, etc). While we are doing that, we will also be keeping all of you informed on the progress of Steve’s training, map of the walk, pit stops, start/stop points, video interviews, and upcoming fund raising events. So bookmark us, and stay tuned for exciting developments on this incredible adventure Steve is about to embark on.
But we can’t do this on our own; we need your help spreading the word on our cause! Tweet, blog, text, e-mail and just talk about Steps for MS to your friends and family. Tell them that we are raising money for research to prevent an auto-immune disease that affects approximately 350,000 Americans every single year.
Thank you for supporting Steps for MS!