“If she feels good then there is no problem whatsoever,” Rammohan said. “Her body will tell her.”
When Furey enrolled in the Marathon des Sables, she decided to make it a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is covering the cost of enrollment and training. In exchange, she is hoping people will donate to the society in her name.
So far, she has surpassed her $10,000 fundraising goal by more than $1,300.
“What makes Danielle particularly unique is she is the first one of our fundraisers who has chosen to raise $10,000 by competing in the grueling Marathon de Sables,” said Karen Dresbach, president of the National MS Society South Florida Chapter. “Quite an extraordinary undertaking for anyone — especially someone with multiple sclerosis.”
Furey is leaving Tuesday for Morocco. Two days before the race begins, runners are taken south to the town of Ouarzazote, where they’ll undergo medical checks and be told the route and miles per each stage. The race begins April 7.
Typically, each stage is about 25 miles, but the fourth stage is usually around 50 miles, which takes runners 32 to 35 hours to complete.
In addition to the fundraising, Furey has created a blog, outrunningms.com, where she tells readers the stories of her daily life, her struggles and her preparation for the race.
“It’s hard knowing this will be with me forever,” said Furey, who hopes one day there will be a cure for MS.
But in the meantime, she said, she hopes she can inspire other people in similar situations to conquer their adversities in their own ways.
Dresbach, the president of the local MS chapter, said Furey is doing exactly that:
“What Danielle is doing in spite of her MS is an inspiration to everyone not to give up hope and to keep living every day.”