TCS New York City Marathon 2017
March 27, 2017
BENEFITING: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHEAST
ORGANIZER: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHEAST
This coming fall, I’ll be running the TCS New York City Marathon to raise money for the American Lung Association (ALA) in honor of my grandfather, Pop, known to many as Ralph “Bo” Willis.
In 2002, Pop was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a lung disease that in the simplest terms causes scarring in the lungs. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a progressive and debilitating disease that eventually stops one’s ability to breathe.
My grandfather was a tremendous athlete. At Princeton University, he was a three-time All-American in lacrosse and also played football. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1983.
Watching my grandfather fight Pulmonary Fibrosis and lose his ability breathe -- a simple task we often take for granted -- was an awakening experience that I’ll never forget.
I decided to run and raise money for ALA to remind people what a gift it is to breathe easily and to support those who don’t have that luxury.
I am truly excited, and admittedly a bit intimidated, to run my first marathon, but I’m thrilled to be part of the ALA team. The NYC 2017 Marathon takes place on November 5th. Please help me reach my goal in fundraising $5,000.
Learn More about American Lung Association:
American Lung Association is an organization fighting for healthy air and the millions of Americans affected by lung disease - their mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. http://www.lung.org/about-us/mission-impact-and-history/