Maxwell brings home Kevin’s Bacon!
In mid-January, Robin Maxwell– an Albemarle mom, triathlete and businesswoman– received a devastating diagnosis: she has Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative neuromuscular disease that could take her sight and rob her of the ability to walk and talk.
Two months later, Maxwell has turned that terrible news into something positive, becoming one of six winners in a national fundraising contest sponsored by actor Kevin Bacon and called Six Degrees, after the college trivia game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The contest launched on January 18– the same day as her diagnosis, a coincidence Maxwell deems "providential."
Although she says she didn't learn about the contest for several weeks, she manage to quickly catch up to the competition by garnering more than 1,000 donations for a total amount of more than $18,000 and finishing in fifth place out of hundreds. The top six fundraisers– each raising money for various causes– receive an additional $10,000 from Bacon toward their charity. Maxwell's chosen charity: National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the Blue Ridge Chapter.
Her next challenge: riding her bike in the Charlottesville 150 on June 9 and 10. "It's the biggest fundraiser of the year for MS," she writes on her blog. "How could I resist?"