Since 2013, Heritage’s CEO, Chuck Bean, has co-chaired one of the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s major annual fundraising events in New England called MuckFest MS Boston. It’s a 5K mud run through 20 outrageous obstacles at Fort Devens in Massachusetts. The obstacles include zip lines, swings into mucky water, cargo nets, belly crawls in mud trenches, and other fun adventures that flip, spin, and fly you around. Chuck’s 50 person team called The Dirty Mucks – consisting of his family, friends, and Heritage team members – was the top fundraiser this year, raising more than $40,000 for the MS Society.
The Dirty Mucks have consistently been one of the top three fundraisers for the past four years. In total, this year’s event had more than 5000 participants and raised close to $600,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This money is used to fund research, provide support services for those battling MS, and to help find a cure for this chronic disease.
Chuck joined the board of trustees of the New England chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society five years ago. He is very closely associated with their cause – Multiple Sclerosis has been in Chuck’s family for the past three generations. Chuck himself has the secondary-progressive type of MS in which symptoms progress more gradually over time.
“I am grateful for the support of my family and friends, and for having access to quality medical care. There are people who are suffering from MS but don’t have the resources to afford regular treatment, physical therapy, or the long-term help they need. Knowing that this money will help provide care and support for those battling with MS motivates me to do more every day,” says Chuck.
We hope Chuck’s vision of having a world free of MS becomes a reality soon. To learn more about MS and what you can do to help, please visit the National MS Society website.