BENEFITING: Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Training to run 26.2 miles seems silly and selfish. Silly because the Greek dude who ran the marathon (or more precisely, from Marathon to Athens) collapsed and died afterward. Selfish because of the hours I spend pounding pavement instead of being a productive member of society.
I may be silly, but I try hard to be unselfish. To that end, even though I got my NYC marathon entry through the 9+1 program and I'm not part of any team, I wanted to use this as an opportunity to do something for a family member who means a lot to me.
Uncle Art showed me the joy that can come from learning. He nurtured my varied interests, no matter how ridiculous they were (Spanish poetry is ok, but ham radio and horses?). He even read my law review student article, footnotes and all -- that's martyrdom, I assure you. In short, Uncle Art is a lovely human being--reserved, humble, super smart, and genuine.
Art was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2005. It makes me sad that the former literature professor can no longer read or speak. That's why I want to support the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, which funds research and provides educational programs and other support for Parkinson's patients. http://www.pdf.org/en/mission (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator)
I find it extremely awkward to ask friends to support a cause on my behalf, but I'm trying to set that awkwardness aside in order to make this marathon journey a more meaningful one.