Step It Out Against MS was started by four brothers to honor their mother, Therese Stepowany, who lives with multiple sclerosis.
The triplets Ben, Eric, and Robert along with older brother Scott and their mom serves as a testimony to the special bonds between a mother and her children. Collectively, the Stepowany family and their teams have raised over $325,000 through their involvement with Walk MS over the past ten years through walks and various fundraising events in Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC.
A Son’s Perspective Times Three…
(from a 2008 article posted by the WalkMS: Georgia)
Almost everyone has a story about someone they know with MS. My story just so happens to be about one of the most amazing people on the planet, my mom. My mom was diagnosed with MS in 1990 and has been battling this disease ever since. It would have been very easy for her to get frustrated by not being able to do simple things around the house like carrying a glass of water over to the table. Not once have I ever seen my mom get frustrated. Not once have I seen her let it get her down. She is an inspiration to me everyday. She’s always in the best of moods and does everything in her power to fight. I wish I could do more for her in her fight against MS. I walk to help fight MS. I walk because I can. I walk to help raise awareness about MS. I walk in hopes that one day we will find a cure for this terrible disease.
Ben Stepowany, Team Captain
Four years ago, I had a vision of getting together a group of my friends to participate in Walk MS. The goal was simple: have a lot of people on our team (that my mom didn’t even know) to come out to the walk and show her love and support. It would be an amazing way for my family to receive this love. The first year was AMAZING! There was so much energy and enthusiasm from every walker. Seeing everyone come together for a common goal was very inspirational, and I couldn’t keep the tears in during the national anthem. From there, it just grew leaps and bounds over the past 4 years. My mom really (I mean really) got into the fundraising; the team shifted to closer friends and much more family, and now it’s one of our family’s biggest events of the year.
Every year brings new joy. This year, we had another walker on the team who was diagnosed with MS just weeks before the walk. That person got a chance to immediately see she is not alone in this battle. There are thousands of enthusiastic people raising money and even more contributing to the cause: Finding a Cure for MS. I still and always will walk for my mom, but my heart is into the cause far beyond her. Let’s beat this disease!
Eric Stepowany, Team Captain
I began walking for my mom four years ago as a participant on Team FUSiON. Like Eric, I began walking to support my mom, but it has grown so much since then. When I started my new job with ImageRight in 2006, I was overwhelmed by the support that I received from my co-workers. I decided to turn that support into my own team for the Walk MS 2008 and set a goal of 20 walkers and $20,000, which I was able to achieve. Like Eric’s team, we had a co-worker who was diagnosed with MS a month or so before I sent out the Walk MS invitations, so that gave our team something else to rally behind. One of the toughest obstacles to overcome when raising money is getting the sponsors to relate to you. I have been extremely fortunate in this department, as my friends, family, and co-workers have opened their hearts and have gone above and beyond to show their support. The part I enjoy the most about Walk MS is seeing everyone join together for one common goal. Each person has their own stories, and it’s so exciting to watch my mom on this day.
Robert Stepowany, Team Captain
As I continue to battle MS, I realize that I have much to remember…..
I am thankful to the National MS Society for all the educational programs for people like me who need more information about multiple sclerosis.
I am thankful for the dedicated doctors, who are making life easier for people like me.
I am thankful for all my family and friends who are there to support me and pray for me.
I am thankful to the many generous people who have donated to Walk MS so that research might continue in pursuit of a cure to MS.
I am thankful for the work of the National MS Society in finding ways to make life easier for those living with multiple sclerosis.
I am thankful to people I don’t even have the pleasure of knowing, and who offer their support in fundraising efforts and research for the National MS Society.
I am thankful, most of all, for my husband, Wayne, and my sons and their wives, Scott, Jessica, Eric, Rachael, Ben, and Robert for their undying love.
For all these reasons, I feel very blessed!
Therese Stepowany, Thankful Mom
Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Raising money to help fight multiple sclerosis through various walks and
fundraising events in Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC.