IMPACT

Our Mission
We advance MS research. In the process, we bring encouragement to the MS community and beyond. Our foundation hosts four programs: the MS Research Symposium, Team Endurance for MS, the Trifest for MS, and a 6-week triathlon training Series. Our beneficiary is the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS).
We committed to donating $250,000 over five years to the MS research team at UAMS. As a result of 2016’s programming, we will contribute $70,000 to UAMS in 2017. This marks our fifth contribution to the UAMS MS researchers and achieves our goal of raising $250,000 to aid their efforts.
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of
committed people to change the world…it is the only
thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead
After 7 Years: $300,000 Donated to UAMS for MS Research!
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Our Commitment

 

We committed to donating $250,000 over five years to the MS research team at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS). As a result of 2016’s programming, we will contribute $70,000 to UAMS in 2017. This marks our fifth contribution to the UAMS MS researchers and achieves our goal of raising $250,000 to aid their efforts.

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Where We’re Going

The Rampy MS Research Foundation is currently a partner of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) MS Research Department. Their research team is the sole beneficiary of the Trifest for MS.

Over the past five years, you’ve helped us:

• Ensure 75% of racer registration fees go directly to research.
• Give 75% of all funds raised to research.
• Achieve our $250,000 commitment to MS research at UAMS.
• Establish the Rampy MS Research Lab.
• Be recognized as a premiere community partner by UAMS.
• Change lives by encouraging an active, healthy lifestyle.
• Earn bragging rights as the ‘Top Triathlon in the South’ by Competitor Magazine.
• Be named a finalist for Best Large Triathlon and Best Triathlon for Beginners in the United States by Triathlon Business International.
• Touch thousands of women, men and kids with the power of encouragement.

In 2017, we will:

• Host our 6th annual Trifest for MS with a goal of raising another $50,000.
• Use the proceeds from our 6th annual Trifest to award satellite research grants and expand the Trifest for MS and Team Endurance for MS.
• Continue to seek additional partnerships with organizations including universities and medical centers currently conducting multiple sclerosis research.

We hope to expand the Trifest for MS into other communities across the United States. If interested, contact our President, Scott Rampy, at scott@researchms.org.

Our Timeline

Our founders first started advocating for MS research and awareness back in 2004 working with the MS Institute in Columbia, Missouri. In 2007, we started a volunteer organization called MS Quest. MS Quest hosted a variety of events including Bentonville’s 2007 Dinner of Champions honoring Dick Trammel, in partnership with the National MS Society.

The creation of the Rampy MS Research Foundation in November of 2011 was an extension of these efforts that stemmed from our desire to grow from free agent fundraisers to full force advocates of encouragement and investors in a cure.

In 2011, encouragement rooted and the glory of community saw Jo cross the finish line of her first triathlon and the Rampy MS Research Foundation was born.

In 2012, saw the first annual Trifest for MS and MS Research Symposium.

In 2013, we added our triathlon training series to the mix. Because of the success seen and the root of encouragement planted, we expanded the program in 2014 by adding another training location.

In 2014, we saw the creation of our inaugural Team Endurance for MS, a community of supporters who go fund-racing in the name of encouragement, while raising money for MS research at the same time.

As a result of 2014’s efforts, presented our beneficiary, the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) MS research team, with our largest annual contribution to date in 2015: $90,500. Competitor Magazine named the Trifest for MS the 'Best Triathlon in the South.'

In 2016, Triathlon Business International named us as a finalist for 'Best Large Triathlon' and 'Best Triathlon for Beginners' out of 300+ events in the United States.

As a result of 2016’s programming, we achieved our 5 year, $250,000 fundraising commitment to the UAMS MS research doctors.

Looking forward, we hope to award satellite MS research grants and expand the Trifest for MS and Team Endurance for MS to make an even greater footprint on the state of MS and the hope for a cure.