September 18, 2016
Hello everybody. As you all undoubtedly know at this point I run now, and that I am hoping to run the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. There are several ways of gaining entry into the event. I could qualify by running 9 races before December 31st 2015, but I lack a time machine. I could gain entry by time qualification, which means running a 6:30 mile, which is not a thing I can do. Or, I can raise money for charity. Now that is something I can do.
Of all the worthy charities that participate in the marathon, I have chosen the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, also known as JDRF. “But why Waldo,” you may be asking, “why run for this charity? What makes this one special?” Well, my dear friends, I have a special connection to JDRF. You see, like many people, I have cousins. Two of these cousins have juvenile, or type 1, diabetes.
First, a science lesson. For those of you who don’t know, diabetes is when your pancreas stops producing insulin, which is a hormone your body uses to get energy from food. Diabetes is a life long illness that requires constant monitoring of your blood sugar levels and injections or infusions of insulin around the clock. What causes type 1 diabetes is as of now, unknown.
Now, the vision. JDRF aims to do several things. 1) Find a cure for type 1 diabetes. 2) Remove the misconception that type 1 diabetes is only a children’s disease. Because once you turn 18, it doesn’t go away. It sticks around. 3) Provide support and resources for individuals with type 1 diabetes and their families to help manage their condition.
Now, back to what this means for you and me. Every step of the 26.2 miles I will run on November 6th will be for JDRF. My goal is to raise $3,500 for this amazing charity, and I need your help to do it. Every dollar you give is 100% tax deductible, which means that you will get a fancy letter that says you get money off your taxes for being such a good person. And, for those of you who are all into transparency, approximately 80% of what JDRF spends goes to research and research-related education.
“But Waldo,” you say again, aghast at the prospect of running 26.2 miles. “Why would you do such a thing? What could you possibly get out of it?” Well my friends, I actually want to do this. Many people have tried to figure out why, but no one has succeeded. Other than a secured spot in one of the largest races in the world, the things I get from JDRF for being a member of their team are: In person training from professional running coaches, cool athletic gear that I will take pictures in and send to you if you want, breakfast during marathon weekend, access to a special Charity Village on race day, and most importantly, the knowledge that I am helping to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
So please, donate any amount you can. $10 goes a long way. And lets be real, when was the last time I asked any of you for money? If you have any questions about any of this, please reach out.
tl;dr: I’m running the 2016 marathon. I need $3,500 to do it. I’m raising money for JDRF. 100% tax deductable. Thanks.