Gretchen Schoenstein wrote -
The 50 x 50 for Finish Line #50 is a way for me to give back and help raise awareness for why I’m running this in the first place. Having lived with or fought through multiple auto immune diseases since I was a kid that have either been life-path altering or at bare minimum life-style changing, it's time for me to speak up more and help be part of the solution of awareness and funded research.
This 50th finish line means the world to me - it wasn’t a goal I initially set out to do and can hardly believe it is here! It’s deeply meaningful, I’ve taken no steps for granted, in fact I’m grateful for every step I can take. I want to raise money by having (at least) 50 people donate $50 each to commemorate the 50th half-marathon finish line I will be crossing in Brooklyn on October 8 with the money raised going to Operation Shooting Star. OSS will donate every dollar to the very important and rare research the dedicated and brilliant doctors are attempting to find with the AI links and better understanding of auto immune diseases overall. (According to the National Institutes of Health, there are over 80 autoimmune diseases. Several of these diseases share a common immune basis and therefore information obtained from research in one autoimmune condition can be beneficial to others.)
An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from one or more of over 80 million auto immune related diseases. Most people, including me, suffer in silience at the often invisable (to others) hands of their condition(s.) One cure could change the game completely for all.
Operation Shooting Star is dedicated to increasing awareness of Autoimmunity and its diseases while committed to sending 100% of fundraising efforts directly to research. We believe that supporting research is the best chance we have at curing and ultimately eliminating over 80 autoimmune diseases. This organization was established to assure that all donations and monies raised would be sent directly to research to help accelerate the objective of curing Autoimmunity, which is the cause of autoimmune diseases.
Wish, Believe, Achieve…Cure One to Cure All
Check them out here: http://www.operationshootingstar.com
I'm honored to be able to support them and help them make a difference. P.S. After you donate, please share from this page! :)