BENEFITING: ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION NORTHEAST REGION INC
ORGANIZER: ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION NORTHEAST REGION INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
My name is Jared Ungar and I have been a long distance runner for over a year now. I enjoy running very much and competing in events is even more enjoyable. This year I decided that I wanted to run a marathon with a purpose in mind. I wanted to run the NYC Marathon with the Arthritis Foundation in honor of my friend who suffers from an autoimmune disease called, Rheumatoid Arthritis. This disease causes the body's immune system to attack its own tissue specifically the tissue located in the joints. This ultimately causes inflammation in the joints and results in soreness and pain.
I can recall one of the first times when I noticed that my friend was in pain. It was a night in which she texted me that she was having leg pain. At first, I thought that it was from exercise that caused the soreness so I asked her if she was ok. I also asked what she thought might have caused this pain.
I was very surprised to find out the real reason why she was in so much pain that she couldn't even go to take a shower down the hall. She didn't really want to talk about the pain in much detail for a variety of reasons, but I felt a need to help in some way. I tried to help her think of different positive activities that she had done throughout her day and tried to talk to her about positive topics to get her mind off the pain. While I tried my best at the moment to help alleviate the pain that she was feeling, I felt that there were other ways that I could help her.
While learning a little bit more about the disease that she has been coping with, I discovered that there is no cure and the medicines used to treat these problems are not always very effective. This was upsetting to me because I never thought that even with medicine people could still experience so much pain.
I was determined to help out the best that I could and, with that idea stuck in my head, I started to brainstorm. I came up with a interesting idea and hoped my parents and my friend would be interested in it. I decided that I would be running the NYC Marathon in 2016 with the Arthritis foundation in honor of my friend and everything that she has to deal with every day. I hope that the money I am able to raise can help support this wonderful organization as well as help fund medical research for a cure to Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Please feel free to donate any amount you would like. Any amount would be really appreciated.
Thank You So Much!!!
More about the Arthritis Foundation:
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. We lead the fight for the Arthritis community and help conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life -- and making each day another stride towards a cure.
By running on our team, you have guaranteed entry to one of the world’s most exciting running experiences. You are also taking us one step closer to finding a cure for arthritis, a crippling disease that affects 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children.