Woman Finishes Cross Country Run for MS at New York City Hall

Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010  |  Updated 10:21 PM EDT
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A Wisconsin woman got the chance to meet the Mets and Montel Williams today, just one day after a completing a historic cross-country run for a good cause.

Ashley Kumlien ran from San Francisco to New York to raise money and awareness for the charity "MS Run the US," which supports research to cure Multiple Sclerosis.

"It was key for me use an ability I have to do something good and better for others," said Kumlien.

Ashley began traversing the country from San Francisco on March 22, running 20 to 30 miles a day, with stops in Denver, Indianapolis and Pittsburg.

Kumlien's mom Jill, who has MS, served as her inspiration. She says it was important for her to run for her mom and bring awareness about the condition.

"It was key for me use an ability I have to do something good and better for others," said Kumlien.

"My mom has had MS for 28 years which is longer than I've been alive," she said. "And I really wanted to use this love of running that I have to gain attention and awareness to a disease alot of people don't know about."

Only 16 women in history have ran across the United States.

Much of the money she raised will go the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as Montel Williams' MS Foundation. He's had the disease for more than 20 years.

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