My dad, Brian Campbell, was an amazing man. He always believed in staying in shape and living a healthy life, and he always encouraged me to run. "Ben, be a runner for life," he would say. And without a doubt, one of our favorite things to do together was run on the trail. It was a place where we talked about life - the fun things, world events, and tough decisions. My dad anchored me in everything I did.
Tragically, in 2009, my dad was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), and it was very hard for our whole family. The disease slowly takes your mobility and most do not live more than 3-5 years once diagnosed. My mom, brother, and I, with help from many friends and family, supported him during his most difficult times until he died on January 22, 2011. When I think back, I am still amazed that despite the struggles he faced, dad maintained a very positive attitude and had the greatest smile.
This year, I'm running the NYC marathon to commemorate him and all those who have struggled with ALS. I'm running to raise money for an organization that I really believe in -- Prize4Life -- as they are making outstanding strides in accelerating research toward a cure for ALS. I truly believe that together, we can find a cure. I humbly seek your support in this effort, and thank you sincerely.
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