Help bring home the Bacon!
Just two months after being diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease Multiple Sclerosis, a local woman is on the brink of winning $10,000 for MS research through a national fundraising competition sponsored by Kevin Bacon.
The contest, called Six Degrees after the trivia game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," relies on the number of donations rather than the size.
Robin Maxwell, a 38-year-old triathlete and mother of two, is in third place having raised nearly $11,000 with 635 donations. The top six contestants will receive an additional $10,000 for their cause after the contest ends at midnight Saturday, March 31. The leading contestant– raising money for autism research– has nearly 1,200 donations, and Maxwell says she's pushing hard to make sure she doesn't fall out of the running.
Numbness in her feet bothered Maxwell this fall, but she chalked the sudden symptom up to overtraining since she had been running longer distances in preparation for her first marathon. When the tingling sensation began to creep up her shins, however, Maxwell decided to seek medical advice and eventually got the devastating news. While she says she has had dark moments, she's focused her competitive drive and high energy on raising money for research.
"I want there to be a cure in my lifetime," she says. "I have the ability to speak up and to fundraise and to raise awareness."
Donations of any amount can be made at the Six Degrees website and must be in by midnight March 31.