November 05, 2016
BENEFITING: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
ORGANIZER: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
On November 6th, 2016, I will run the TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON in memory of my father, David Garbar, who lost his battle with ALS in February 2009. I hate to say "lost", because of the bravery, determination, and perserverance that he demonstrated from the day of his diagnosis, which is really the only way anyone can "win" in dealing with this terrible disease. He was 60 years old, and I was 30, and since then I have pledged to help raise money to find a treatment and cure for ALS in my lifetime, if not in his.
As a supporter of the ALS Association, my family and I have raised funds through the Walk to Defeat ALS multiple times, always pleased at how the walk grows in size and support every year. In 2012, I joined TEAM ALS to run the ING New York City Marathon, which was ultimately cancelled after Hurricane Sandy. Instead, I successfully put my fundraising efforts toward running the Philadelphia Marathon that year.
WHY I RUN:
To this day there is NO KNOWN TREATMENT OR CURE FOR ALS. Recently, there has been a significant increase in public awareness and education about ALS, which has resulted in increased funding through donation-based charities, promoting groundbreaking research in the field. Although there has been recent news about clinical trials for drugs to treat ALS and genetic links to the disease, there is still NO AVAILABLE TREATMENT OR CURE FOR ALS. This is why I continue to raise money for TEAM ALS and The ALS Association whose mission is: "Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support". I hope that every step I take in my training and races will help provide the opportunity for more steps taken by those suffering from ALS. To learn more about ALS please click follow this link:
Please consider making a donation to help support my goals and TEAM ALS.
Thanks and much love,