EVENT DATE: Oct 06, 2013
I am running my first marathon on October 6, 2013. I have been running for 6 years and have raced in many half marathons and other shorter distances, and decided this was the year I would attempt a marathon. After signing up, I really wanted to "run for a cause" rather than running for myself. After praying and searching my heart about what causes to run for (there are so many that are truly dear to my heart, like Transitions Global and other Anti-human traficking organizations), but I felt led this time to support a cause that has hit home and touched our lives more recently.
We know a family here in our town, The Sterns, whom we have come to know through church (Bo Stern ~ wife and mom ~ is one of the pastors of our church and her son, is a great friend of one of my sons). Steve ~ husband and dad ~ was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. The Sterns have 4 children, 1 son-in-law and an adorable grandson. (You can read about them at: http://www.bostern.com )
Here's why I want to run for this cause:
I have watched this family from a distance the past couple of years and their journey on this path have been nothing short of inspirational. I have often wondered how I could help ~ many times while reading Bo's blog, she has expressed how important raising funds for ALS means to her and her family. She and her family are passionate about finding a cure for this dreaded disease. Raising funds for ALS does many things (help with research to hopefully find a cure, providing medical equipment, to name just a couple).
When you contribute to this cause 100% of the donation will go into the local ALS chapter.
Please visit Bo's blog, read her family's story, and also be encouraged by her messages. She is an amazing speaker and writer. Once you read her blogs, you'll get hooked. Despite living through a diagnosis like ALS, the Sterns have been amazingly encouraging to others. They are so real about all of it... the pain, the joy, and the God they trust in. Bo is also an author and has one published book titled
please visit Bo's blog. Once you read more about them, you'll want to do anything you can to help raise awareness and funds for ALS.