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MS Fitness Challenge is a non-profit charity organization founded by David and Kendra Lyons' with the primary purpose of educating the public about Multiple Sclerosis and to help those with this debilitating disease beat it through health and fitness.
Partnered with OptimalBody Personal Fitness, many loyal sponsors, and host gyms nationwide, it is the goal of the MS Fitness Challenge to provide certified fitness professionals to people with MS nationwide, in an effort to educate and train them in the benefits of health & fitness in winning the battle against multiple sclerosis.
MSFC will pay for these professionals to work with the person signed up for the Challenge and a membership for that person at one of the MSFC host fitness centers through the donations of its supporters.
Please contact us if you have any questions, or would like to make a donation, we are always excited to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
How You Can Help
MS Fitness Challenge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization and 100% of ALL donations go to the cost of sponsoring someone to take part in the MS Fitness Challenge Program.
You may sponsor individual Challenge Participants by donating $750 per participant. You will receive the name of each participant sponsored, host gym location, and summary of success upon completion of the program.
Your donation will go directly to helping the MSFC Team assist that sponsored person in their personal 12-week Fitness Challenge.
- 5 Participants: $3750
- 10 Participants: $7500
- 15 Participants: $11,250
- 20 Participants: $15,000
- 25 Participants: $18,750
Corporate sponsorships are also available!
12 Week Program
We kick off each 12 week fitness challenge at our MSFC events.
Our large free fundraising events are open to the public and include live music, fitness demonstrations, giveaways, raffles, and more, with all funds raised also going directly towards the cost of providing a personal trainer, gym membership, nutritional supplements, and ongoing support for each participant with MS during the 12 week Fitness Challenge program.
But our main focus is on individual 12 week Challenges held at host gyms in cities nationwide. With a kick off day to launch the MSFC, which includes media coverage and meet and greet booths, sponsors have the opportunity to share their products and services with the local community of MSers and their families, fitness enthusiasts, MSFC supporters and gym members.
What is MS?
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system.
MS causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person. Some people may be symptom free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.
Physical therapy and medications that suppress the immune system can help with symptoms and slow disease progression.
David Lyons was hospitalized and diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 47. A former bodybuilder and health club owner, he exercised regularly and lived a healthy lifestyle. He was devastated by the diagnosis and frustrated by the physical limitations of his condition.
While in the hospital the doctors told David he would most likely leave in a wheelchair and would not return to his normal workout routine. They also warned him that MS is a disease that most often progressively worsens and to prepare for his limitations as he ages.
So what does David do? At the age of 50 he decided to compete in a bodybuilding competition! David knew he could not do this alone, so he assembled a team he calls The Challenge Team.
David’s doctors all told him that his pursuit of a bodybuilding title was sheer madness, especially at 50 years old...but if anyone could do it - he could.
On August 22, 2009, David competed in his first competition where he was awarded The Most Inspirational Bodybuilder trophy!
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