April 05, 2016
BENEFITING: The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
My grandmother died of ALS, and I am running in her memory.
Her very last words to me are burned in my brain. "Whatever you do with your life, have fun."
So I am doing that this year. I am Running for Rita. She is going to be with me in memory and spirit. Please join us in the race and join others as the work to cure ALS continues.
Rita was pistol. When I was a kid, I remember her fire-red Firebird parked in her Paoli, PA garage. The color matched her rosy cheeks after a few nips of scotch. She was a neat freak, loved lime green and yellow, and cooked amazing food.
After my grandfather died, she spent much of her time with her best friend. They were active and had fun in both Italy and on the Mississippi river. Like a blue-haired Thelma & Louise. But then Rita started to lose control of her body even though her mind was running full throttle. In just two years she stopped driving, then lost her house, then her independence, then her life in 1999. We watched as that same full-of-life mind and spirit became imprisoned in her body that just stopped communicating with her brain. Awful.
I am running with the hope that some day no one will ever have to suffer through this way again.
Donate and run with us!