BENEFITING: THE ALAN T BROWN FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE ALAN T BROWN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
I am running the NYC Marathon for my hero - my uncle, Peter Chuchmach, who was attending a hockey game at his alma mater Cornell University on Jan. 27, 2012 when a fall down the stairs left him paralyzed from the neck down. It was something we do everyday yet, in a matter of seconds, life changed forever.
When I trained for my first marathon in 2011, Uncle Pete was so supportive and proud. As a hockey player and natural athlete since childhood, he wanted to know all about the mileage training and how I was fueling my body. So the day after Uncle Pete's accident as he clung to life in a coma, I hung up my marathon medal on his hospital bed post in the hopes that our prayers would be answered and he and I would be able to run a marathon together someday.
Uncle Pete is still fighting - each and every moment of every day on the ventilator, clinging to hope that a cure is within reach. And, until then, our family has found significant obstacles in quality of life supports that could make his, and the lives of those who are in the same situation, somewhat bearable. He can't run this marathon, and that's why I joined this team to RUN FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T, to get him his own marathon medal as a sign that we are doing everything we can to help him fight this fight.
You can read more about Uncle Pete's journey here: www.petechuchmach.com.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and, please take a moment today to do what my deepest prayers ask for Uncle Pete to do again: Give hugs, hold hands, take a deep breath and appreciate what it means that it’s all yours, not a machine.
Love the people whose friendships carry you across mountains you could never imagine crossing without them, love the family who cherish every piece of you, love the folks in this world who dedicate their lives on earth to our health when love alone is not enough. And if you believe in miracles, believe with us that many are still in store for Uncle Pete.
More about THE ALAN T BROWN FOUNDATION:
Established in 1988, the Alan T Brown Foundation (ATBF) supports scientific and medical research worldwide, and has recently directed its focus to Quality of Life issues for people living with motor disabilities and paralysis. ATBF's Outreach and Peer Mentoring Program provides insight and information, empowering SCI individuals to develop a level of independence.
While scientists work toward a cure, improvement of chronic conditions associated with paralysis must be addressed. Supporting studies which alleviate pain remains core to our mission. Finding a solution to one of these problems — that is a "cure" in itself.
The Alan T Brown Foundation is a certified not-for-profit organization under IRC Section 501(c)(3).
For more information give us a call at 212-944-8727 or visit our website! http://www.atbf.org/index.php