October 30, 2017
BENEFITING: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
ORGANIZER: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
Mileage Tracker: 89
Why do you want to run that far? I get that question a lot.
My answer is two-fold.
First, I'm a runner, I'm turning 30 years old this year, and I have always wanted to be a part of the running fraternity that has completed a marathon; and more importantly, the New York City Marathon. Simple enough reasons to run a marathon for sure. But why then am I running to raise money for ALS?
Again, a simple answer for that would be that it is a cause worth raising money for; but there is more.
I am running for Bill.
Bill Wechsler, is Steve Wechsler's dad. Steve is one of my best friends from Ithaca College, where we met. While I have only met Bill a couple of times, it is just through those few times that will show you that he is an amazing man. He's a devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, teacher, and friend. He is also living with ALS.
When Steve told me the news that Bill was in fact diagnosed with ALS, it was hard to hear. I had known it was a possibility with Bill's mother also having the disease and passing from it. It was simply that thought that it couldn't happen to someone you actually knew. I remember when Steve told me, and how horrible I felt...thinking that there was nothing I could do. I then was reminded of the Sharon Timlin 5K to Cure ALS run that the whole Wechsler family and their friends would participate in. And while I could not be there physically to participate in the run, I have been donating to the cause each year I have known of it.
So now I have decided to step up my efforts to help. By running the NYC Marathon with Team ALS, I have pledged to raise a minimum of $4,000 to help fight this wicked disease.
Seeing the pure joy on Steve and Bill's faces when Steve crossed the Boston Marathon finish line (completing his marathon trifecta) makes it even more important that we find a cure (find the picture on Facebook if you haven't seen it). On that same day, Bill became a grandfather for the first time when his eldest son Michael and wife Megan welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world and I am looking forward to the day that Bill congratulates her as she crosses a finish line too. Or maybe Steve and his wife PJ will give us another Wechsler to run (not trying to add any pressure guys ;) )?
So please, donate all you can. ALS is a disease worth donating towards as there is currently no cure for it.... but with your help, we can get there!