Chad Crockford wrote -
Ray’s Hope Lives
This is in honor of Ray DePauw of Newark, NY. Ray continues to touch and inspire a community far and wide, with the strength, dignity, determination, hope and humor he embodied in his battle with ALS. Ray’s struggle with this horrible disease ended on October 4, 2013 but his spirit lives on in the positive mental attitude that he inspires. Ray bravely confronted adversity that most of us can, thankfully, only imagine. Ray refused to allow himself to be defined by ALS and lived every single day to the absolute fullest. I remain inspired by his anything-is-possible attitude and he was my inspiration to register for the inaugural Ironman Chattanooga, I will race in his honor.
On September 28, 2014 I will give my best in hopes of completing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run that comprise an ironman triathlon and I will do so in honor of Ray DePauw and the thousands of individuals battling ALS across the country and across the world. I am incredibly blessed that this athletic event is the most difficult physical challenge I have faced.
In this challenge I have experienced incredible love and support from an entire community of friends and family and it is this community that I turn to now in order to raise funds to support those battling ALS. One of the things Ray was known for was his compassion for others in this battle and reaching out to them to lend his support in any way he could. It is in that spirit that Ray’s wife, Nancy, helped select the ALS Guardian Angels Foundation as the beneficiary of this fundraiser in Ray’s honor.
ALS Guardian Angels is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is dedicated to help those facing ALS and easing their pain. I encourage you to take a moment and check out their website: http://www.alsguardianangels.com/who we help.html (and challenge you to leave with dry eyes).
ALS Guardian Angels shows what an incredible difference a small number of people and a relatively small amount of money can make. Please join me in supporting them. As ALSGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization all donations are 100% tax deductible and I have committed to providing matching funds to offset the administrative fees charged by Crowdrise.
I estimate it will take me approximately 1,700 swim strokes, 31,350 pedal revolutions and 32,000 steps to complete an Ironman, but that is nothing compared to the challenges that those struggling with ALS face each day just trying to survive.
If you want to help me, help them.
If you like to run, bike or swim, help those who can’t.
If you can walk, talk, eat, drink, cough or breathe on your own, help those who can’t.
But for the grace of God, so go us all.