Meet The Team
Brian C. Darnell
Brian is a proud husband and father of two boys who resides in Colorado. He has competed in running events since 1999 and triathlons since 2016. To honor his father who passed away of brain cancer, and his father in law who battled Parkinson’s disease for over 4 years, Brian became part founder / co-director of Neuro Endurance Sports Foundation.
Tyler lives in San Antonio with his training partner with the wagging tail, Whisky. He first began competing in obstacle course races in 2016, and has taken training and competition to a new level since 2019. Beyond these pursuits of physical endurance, Tyler values mental health, in all respects, in all people, leading him to align with family and friends in support of Neuro Endurance Sports Foundation.
Living in North-Western Pennsylvania Chandra is one of the original Neuro Endurance Sports Foundation team members. From basketball to running any and all distances, cycling to triathlons, she has been competing in all sorts of sports sense high school. As a mother, coach and athlete, Chandra believes that keeping the mind, body and soul active and moving helps you conquer anything life throws at you.
Alina grew up doing long hikes on the weekends and began her running journey as a soccer midfielder, playing the mental chase game. This translated to continuously challenging herself to go further.Wife, mother, and lover of the outdoors. Her biggest achievements to date have been a 50 miler and conquering a sub 4 marathon after an intense hip labral tear. Alina runs for her Grandmother, “Moppy” who suffers from Parkinson’s, and her Uncle, Bill who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.
Melissa lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and 3 Australian shepherds, she is a mother and business owner that finds stress relief and mental clarity in training for triathlons and yoga. In her thirties she competed in flat track roller derby. Melissa has completed a half marathon and several olympic and sprint distance triathlons.
Walking for MS
Wife, mother, and homeschool teacher to two wonderful children. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2015. Thankfully we caught it in the early stages. Modern medicine has come so far that I have been able to have very minimal progression. I will be supporting Neuro Endurance Sports Foundation by walking for MS.
Amber got into running when she moved to the Huntsville, Alabama area in September 2022. With a long history of hiking, biking, and running short distance in track since junior high, long distance running has quickly become a passion of hers. She especially enjoys doing all this with her two dogs, Millie and Brody. Amber was introduced to our team by a co-worker and jumped at the chance to run for a great cause. Amber has one half marathon under her belt, with many more to come!
Racing for Parkinsons
Kassandra Henry Hearn
Mother of 4 humans and several non-human kids, staying active is how I stay on top of my mental health. My mother was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and her journey so far has further inspired me to stay on top of my physical health as well. I enjoy running, bike riding, and aerobic fitness activities.