Personal connection prompts Stittsville teen to create Murph4MS

(Liam Moore of Stittsville is raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis during the month of July in dedication to his Dad. Join his Murph4MS challenge.)

Liam Moore lives in Stittsville and is your typical 16-year old who enjoys working out. Liam says he is “a fitness enthusiast spearheading an ambitious challenge that hopes could change a lot of peoples’ lives.” He is looking to raise $10,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada through a challenge he has coined the Murph4MS.

Just what is Murph4MS? Liam is pledging to complete a ‘Murph’ – which is a CrossFit Hero WOD (workout of the day) consisting of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats followed by another 1-mile run – every day during the month of July!

(Liam demonstrates the pull-ups, squats and push-ups he intends to perform during his July fundraiser in support of Multiple Sclerosis.)

Liam’s desire to effect change stems from his personal connection to MS. Liam has witnessed his father battle the debilitating disease for the past 10 years. He hopes that, “the money raised through this initiative will support research and one day put an end to the disease that afflicts more than 90,000 Canadians.”

A chronic disease with a cause that is unknown, Multiple Sclerosis affects the central nervous system, especially the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. This can lead to a wide range of symptoms throughout the body. There are four types of MS: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS); Relapse-remitting MS (RRMS); Primary progressive MS (PPMS); and, Secondary progressive MS (SPMS). Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an estimated 90,000 Canadians living with the disease. On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed with MS everyday.

In a bid to raise funds from across the country, Liam has also connected with other Canadian CrossFit Boxes to build awareness and capacity for the challenge. He is encouraging Canadians to train and complete one (or more) Murph Workout(s) during the month of July. He views the Murph4MS challenge “as a way to encourage people to maintain their fitness routines with the extra incentive of it being for a great cause.”

Anyone can join the challenge through GoFundMe (Murph4MS) both as individuals or groups. Liam is half way to his goal of raising $10,000. He has already raised well over $4,000.00! 

For more information and to share your support check out murph4ms.ca and follow his initiative on Instagram @murph4ms. Liam adds, “Happy Murphing!”

Come on Stittsville – let’s help Liam reach his goal in admiration of his Dad and for those suffering from this debilitating disease!


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