In January 2012, Illinois Alpha Phi Adam Wozny, then a senior at Fenwick High School (Oak Park, IL), founded Miles For MS, a nonprofit with the goal of raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis research through athletic efforts. Adam’s mother had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. Before leaving for college, he hoped to raise as much money as possible for MS research. Despite never having biked more than 10 miles at a time, he biked from Cairo, IL to Harvard, IL, a distance of 500 miles, in 7 days and raised over $4,500.
Since its inception, Miles For MS has expanded to a team of five dedicated individuals. Beginning in 2014, Miles For MS has been a registered charity at the Chicago Spring Half Marathon 13.1. Thirty Northwestern students completed the Half in 2014; another thirty-two have registered to run the Half in 2015.
In 2013, Adam completed the Chicago Lakefront 50k. He redid the Illinois 500-mile ride in March 2014, completing it in 5 days. Currently, he is training for the Coeur D’Alene Ironman, which will take place in June 2015.
Miles For MS has raised over $14,000 for MS research. Adam was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year (2012) by the National MS Society – Greater Chicagoland Chapter and received the Order of Omega Greek Undergraduate Service Award in 2014.