EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
Here I go again...
The time has come to run another marathon. I know I’m crazy and that its time consuming. But truth be told I will not work out if I don’t set a goal so I might as well go for the full 26.2 miles. It’s actually been ten years since I ran my last marathon in NYC just as I was celebrating turning the big 3-0. I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the even bigger 4-0 then to do the race again. But really, what am I thinking? Practice runs that last hours, disgusting gels that they call nutrition, and body chafing… it’s not very attractive. But sometimes an opportunity comes along that you just can't pass up.
For the first time, the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York (TMSRCNY) was selected as a charity partner for this year's marathon. They created a team – Team Tisch MS – and have set an ambitious goal to raise $75,000 to help fund their cutting-edge research program which is working towards finding a cure for MS. In the past I have raised money for a number of different causes so why this one now?
Well, first and foremost, MS is part of our life. It has impacted those we love on both sides as well as some of our close friends. The interesting part of this disease is that it looks differently on everyone. But no matter how it looks, the disease is tough and those that fight it are some of the strongest warriors that I know. Some fight it quietly without wanting to burden those around them (although it’s never a burden), some fight it loudly and ferociously and others simply take it day by day. But in the end, a world without MS would be a better place and the work Dr. Sadiq and his team are doing is breaking down barriers and taking us closer to a cure.
Second, I am doing this race to honor the amazing work that my husband Dr. Stephen Kanter does each day working alongside the researchers at TMSCR as head of Physical Therapy at the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice (IMSMP) also led by Dr. Sadiq. He works tirelessly to help those with MS live their lives more fully and his passion knows no bounds. I am so proud when I meet his patients and they tell me how amazing he is and what he is done to make their lives better. Through his work, I have had the opportunity to meet amazing doctors, practitioners, and researchers who are pioneering new approaches to handling MS. It is truly inspiring to have a front row seat to this amazing work.
So as I head out for a long, long run, I ask that you please support me in this cause. Whatever contribution you make, no matter the size will have a huge impact.
I thank you in advance for helping me cross another finish line!