Giving the Gift of Support


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SHEFFIELD, IA – Giving mom a gift on mother’s day is a tradition we’ve followed for years, but for one north Iowa mother, support was all the gift she needed.

For Jeana, suffering from Multiple Sclerosis or MS means experiencing extreme fatigue and not even being able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting tired, so help from her family is the perfect gift for mother’s day or in her case, mother’s weekend.

“They know doing a lot takes a lot out of me so my family actually broke it up over the weekend for me,” said Jeana Arbegast of Sheffield.

Next week, Jeana and her daughter Jacquelyn “Jacee,” will be participating in the Walk MS fundraiser held at NIACC college in Mason City.

Each year, more than 13,000 people in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota walk together in hopes of raising awareness for the debilitating disease and one day finding a cure.

For Jeana having her family’s support since her diagnosis could’ve been a gift all to itself, but for Jacee its meant more than that.

“I consider it kind of an honor to be able to be there and be with my family and show support for her. But also all the other people who will be there with M.S. Just being able to be there for everyone is a gift in itself,” said Jacee.

Not only will they walk for MS but they also will be representing #teamraef in support of another inspiring family member.

“The rest of the family is planning on being there as well. We will be walking under #teamraef, because my youngest son has been an inspiration for us all. He’s had two heart surgeries, his most recent in February,” said Jeana.

Look for Team Raef Saturday May 18, as they walk for a cure with hundreds by their side.

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