Otsego grad runs to fight MS PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 13 September 2013 09:56
Holly Amos and her boyfriend, Jeffrey Allen, after competing in the 2012 Chicago Marathon. (Photo provided)
CHICAGO - When it comes to a problem, Holly Amos doesn't run away from it. She runs towards it - literally.
The 2002 Otsego graduate will be running in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13 in support of her sister-in-law who has multiple sclerosis.
"It's really incredible, and you never feel that you can thank people enough for supporting you," said Amos.
Currently living in Chicago, this will be her second time running the race in honor of Julie (Long) Amos. Julie and her husband, Rich, are, like Holly, Otsego and Bowling Green State University graduates. The couple and their two children live in Fort Wayne, Ind. Julie was diagnosed with MS in 2008 after experiencing double vision and tremors.
Last year, though she didn't seek out donations, Holly Amos ended up raising more than $1,000 for her run in support of the National MS Society. It started when she began posting about her upcoming race on Facebook.
"One of the things that happened last year and this year is that people kind of came out of the woodwork who have been effected by MS," she explained.
"Donations come in from people that know Julie or from other people that don't know Julie, and from other people that have been effected by MS."
"I hadn't done any kind of big pushes to raise money. But it turns out that people are just so supportive, and Julie is a part of so many people's lives," she added, noting the close-knit nature of the Otsego community.
This year she has raised about $400.
"People are really amazing. It seems that the closer you get to the marathon, the more those (donations) pick up, too."
Amos's run last year was inspired by her boyfriend's ongoing efforts.
"My boyfriend has been running several years, and he actually had a friend of his in college that died of cancer. And he's been running in her honor for quite a while. So that was kind of a lead by example kind of thing there."
"It's a really wonderful thing to see those ties of community and everything, how strong they keep going."

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