Moving up, moving forward; runners climb for Multiple Sclerosis

Posted at 6:52 PM, Mar 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-03 18:52:05-05

NEW YORK (PIX11)– It’s 66 flights to the top of Rockefeller Center.

But getting to the top of the Rock had people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis feeling like they were on top of the world today.

“Last year I actually did it alone.  I showed up and it was still cool, but now I have the support of my best friend, her sister and my sister so it’s wonderful,” said Mary Ellen Guerrlich a woman suffering from MS.

More than 1,300 runners, including our very own Mr. G, took part in the 5th annual “Climb to the Top” to raise money for MS.

The autoimmune disease affects the central nervous system and can cause complete loss of control over your own body.

While the fastest runners finish the race in about 10 minutes, it’s the struggle to the top that makes the event a memorable one.

“What’s amazing to me is seeing people with Multiple Sclerosis climb 66 flights of stairs. Some climb without assistance, I see some people with one crutch, two crutches, it’s really incredible.”

PIX 11’s Friday Forecaster Liz Samurovich suffers from MS, but after finishing the climb, she says she’s ready for her next challenge.

“I hear you want my job.”
“I do want your job, you better watch out.  I’m going to kick your butt in weather.”
“You’re going to do what?”
“I’m going to kick your butt in weather.”
“That’s what I thought you said.”

After all, it is a day of moving forward… hopefully toward a cure.