13.1 For Jenny Smo
Organized by: Justine Finn Galbraith
All better! I think.
August 19, 2016
Good at wine, mediocre at running, horrible at technology. But, the people at Crowdrise are helpful, so now my fundraising page actually has See More
I'm running the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon in honor of my dear friend, Jenny Smolinski, who is fighting with everything she has against ALS. Jenny has been one of my closest friends since 1997, and three years ago, she and everyone who knows her were devastated to learn that she has ALS. Also known as Lou Gerhig's disease, ALS is a degenerative, terminal motor-neuron disease for which there is no cure. Jenny is the mother of two beautiful young girls, Libby and Josie, and wife to one of the best guys ever, Doug Smolinski. She is a vibrant, loving, selfless person whose struggle with this disease has made no less joyful, giving, or hilarious. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is 18-24 months once diagnosed. Jenny is beating these odds. She and Doug are fighting this daunting disease with supplements and an all-natural diet. They are gradually adapting their home and vehicles as Jenny's mobility changes. All of this is expensive - the average cost of care for a person with ALS is $10,000 per year - and much of it is not covered by insurance. I'm fundraising with the Freep Half Marathon to help in some small way to alleviate the burden of these expenses. Please consider a donation to help the Smos fund their fight. Thank you!