Fran Biagioli, MD & Elizabeth Steiner, MD
(MD stands for muddy doc)
Rub a dub dub, two docs need a tub!
These two Oregon Health & Science University faculty members and family medicine physicians know well the world of patients struggling with health issues. They also have a very personal perspective on that world — because both Drs. Biagioli and Steiner, Associate Professors in the Department of Family Medicine, have multiple sclerosis.
Back in June, they chose to challenge their multiple sclerosis head on by jumping into Mud Run MS Portland.
Drs. Biagioli and Steiner first decided to run the race separately and figured they would raise a few hundred dollars from friends and family for the local MS Chapter. They joined forces, however, to form the “MS Squared – Mud Slinging for MS” team and got themselves ranked among one of the highest contributing teams registered.
Both Drs. Biagioli and Steiner remain very healthy and active, and both routinely exercise to help fight their MS. They both also see the run as not only a way to raise awareness about MS, but to let people know that people with MS can often fight the disease very successfully.
“It brings an awareness to the community,” said Dr. Biagioli. “And I think it’s hopeful — especially for people who are recently diagnosed — to know there are people who aren’t in wheel chairs who have MS.”
“I know I’m lucky,” said Dr. Steiner. “And what I do want to say is: really focus on what you can do and don’t look at MS as a life sentence. Because it doesn’t have to be. You can really do lots of cool stuff.”