This year’s MuckFest MS Philadelphia Mud Run was held on May 30 and 31. Runners teamed up and ran the 5K race with over 15 obstacles to help put a stop to Multiple Sclerosis.

MS Mud Run - PhiladelphiaApproximately 7,500 people participated in Philadelphia’s run across the two day period and raised $600,000, which will help provide funding for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s research to stop the progression of the disease and end MS. MS causes damage to the nervous system and can impair information streaming between the brain and body. This disease affects more than two million people worldwide.

The University’s team - one of the 10 largest teams nationally and fifth largest locally - competed in the Mud Run with 71 members (full list below) and raised over $4,000 through a combination of donations and corporate support.
“The entire school came together to support such an important cause. Events like this do not come together overnight, and it would not have been possible without everyone chipping in to make it possible,” said team captain Eric Reuter ’16OT, president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) chapter at Salus. “Everyone brags about the strong community here at Salus, but you don't really believe it, until you live it.” Representing all four Colleges within the University, the Salus students who participated in the race are enrolled in degree programs for occupational therapy, optometry, physician assistant, audiology, and orientation and mobility.

The National MS Society has dedicated the MuckFest MS Mud Runs to raise money to achieve a multiple sclerosis-free world. Through the months of June and November several other MuckFest MS Mud Runs will be held in various cities across the United States. The MuckFest MS Philadelphia Mud Run came to a close but Salus students are optimistic about future MuckFests. “I hope next year is even bigger and better than it was this year,” Reuter said
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Salus University team sponsors included Weaver Eye Associates, John Kennedy Ford - Feasterville, Aquatic Fitness Center, and Austill’s Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

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2015 Muckfest MS Team Members
Jessica Beaudoin ’18OD
Allison Bicskei ’16OT
Lindsey Britt ’16OT
Tori Buck ’16OT
Mark Budd
Melissa Budd
Lindsay Byrne
Marybeth Campoli
Amber Clark O&M
Alexis Conte ’17AUD
Christin DeMoss ’17OD
Alison Dodman ’16OT
Ally Dossick ’16OT
Alyson Escalona ’18OD
Shelby Favre ’17AUD
Amanda Fisher ’16PA
Lauren Frabizzio ’16OT
Sean Fuster ’17AUD
Leslie Gauntlett ’18OD
Lauren Goepfert ’17OD
Carly Grondin ’18OD
Rebecca Hartman ’17OD
Kelly Herron ’18OD
Lauren Holliday
Monae Kelsey, Director, Student Engagement
Anthony Liotta ’16PA
Erin Kate MacElroy ’16OT
Kellie MacElroy
Katie Maguire ’16PA
Katelyn McCaw
Leighanna Milby ’OT
Barbara Miller
Jena Muller
Nicholas Musinski
Elizabeth Nace ’18OD
Kristina Niyazov ’18OD
Pat Nolan
Staci Perez
Samantha Provenza
Eric Reuter ’16OT (captain)
Marianne Reuter
Jenna Roney ’17OD
Shannon Ross
Alicia Rossi
 Noelle Sabutis ’16OT
Christine Savage ’16PA
Megan Scullin
Jamie Sebzda
Kelly Sebzda
Katrina Smith ’18AUD
Andy Snyder
Sophie Snyder ’16PA
Jennifer Spaventa ’17AUD
Jenessa Stiles ’17AUD
Jenae Stiles ’17OD
Michelle Stipanovic ’17OD
Kayla Stouder
Emily Summers
Hei-In (Cynthia) Tang
Susan Tomko
Andrea Tyszka, OTL/R, assistant professor
Kristen Vincent
Rajvi Vora
Adam Walton
David Weaver ’17OD
Emily Weaver
Kevin Wilbur
Jordan Wittes
Natalie Wittes
Wray Woelfel ’17OD
Nicole Yoder ’17OD