Talking with Heather Hancock

Written by on June 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

Ken Gagne interviews Heather Hancock, physical therapist and captain of team All Smiles for 50 Miles, about the challenges she faces on the route.

Heather HancockWelcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.

This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with Heather Hancock. Hancock first participated in MS Challenge Walk in 2003 in honor of her grandmother. A year later, Heather received her own diagnosis of MS. Her work as a physical therapist has given her a unique perspective on the trials of MS, yet she's never let it stop her from captaining team All Smiles for 50 Miles as she and her friends together walk the Cape Cod Rail Trail to defeat MS.

Heather is a published author, having written "Choosing Life: One PT tells her own story of living with multiple sclerosis" for ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine journal, as well as several blog posts about MS Challenge Walk.

Also in this episode: advice from steering committee co-chair Jack Enright, given to attendees at the Jumpstart your Fundraising brainstorming session on May 19, about how to conduct a letter-writing campaign. And be sure to check out the Training and Fundraising Guide to find a training schedule that works for you.

Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked three days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. You can subscribe to the show for free in Apple iTunes!

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  1. Donn Hockman (Donn's Sole Patrol) says:

    Thanks for your words Heather.As one who was diagnosed in 1998, my daughter and i will also be walking in our 10th Challenge next week. I do agree in the commonality we all share. This 'Walk'brings out the very best we have for others. It has become more difficult for me in especially the last several years with foot drop and it has been literally one foot in front of another. To this end, I have enlisted the aid of 'walking poles' in my training this year.We'll see. I will hook up with you at some point during our journey.
    Donn Hockman