October 31, 2017
BENEFITING: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
ORGANIZER: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
Let me just start by saying how incredibly excited I am to be running in one of the most world-renowned running races on behalf of the non-profit organization that is nearest and dearest to my heart. On 11/5/2017, I, along with 50,000+ other runners from all over the world, will run 26.2 miles in the TCS New York City Marathon. Every single step will be in memory of those who have bravely fought and lost their battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and in honor of those who are currently fighting that battle.
As many of you know, I have been actively involved with the ALS Association for some time now and recently participated in my 5th Walk to Defeat ALS alongside friends and family. In addition to participating in several walks, I am also currently on the ALS Association committee in Charlotte and will soon take on the role of an ambassador for North Carolina's ALS Association chapter. In both roles, I am tasked with spreading awareness for this extremely debilitating disease that currently claims the lives of 100 percent of its victims, engaging volunteers for the various events that are held to benefit the ALS Association and the important work being done by this incredible organization, as well as assisting with fundraising efforts to support this extremely important cause.
Aside from the fact that this cause is very near and dear to me and has directly impacted people that I love very much, I also became involved with the ALS Association because it is an incredible nonprofit organization that stands out above most others. Charity Navigator gives it an overall rating of almost 95/100, with a 93/100 financial rating and a 97/100 accountability and transparency rating. Close to 80 percent of the organization’s total expenses are spent on the programs and services it delivers. I frequently donate to various organizations, so it is extremely important to me to know that my money is going primarily to the actual cause that I’m supporting, and I would never ask anyone to donate to an organization that didn’t put its programs and services above the bottom line.
Many of you either directly participated in or witnessed friends, family members, and celebrities participate the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the nation back in 2014. Over $115 million was raised as a result of the challenge, as compared with the $5 million raised by the ALS Association the year before. And there was a direct impact in the groundbreaking research being done to better understand the disease.
The ALS Association is positively contributing to the lives of those directly and indirectly impacted by this debilitating and devastating disease on a daily basis and is only able to do so through the kindness and generosity of its donors. If you are able, please consider making a donation (however small) to this extremely important cause. While an ALS diagnosis is still currently a death sentence, there is great hope that a cure will be found in our lifetime.
Every minute I spend training for and competing in the NYC marathon will be dedicated to the invididuals I personally know and all those I did not have a chance to know who have lost their lives to ALS, as well as anyone who is currently braving this disease or will in the future. Your support means the world to me and to everyone impacted by ALS. Thank you for stopping by!