Anyone that knows me, knows how much my 5 nieces and nephews mean to me. Becoming Aunt B has, by far, been one of the greatest experiences of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Many of you know that my little niece Cecilia (or Ceci), who was born in early January was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth. While I knew very little about Down syndrome before her birth, I knew one thing wouldn’t change…my (and our entire family’s) love for her.
One thing that has been consistent in my life for the past 5+ years is my new(ish) found love of running. I love the challenge and the quest to compete against myself. I also love the opportunity to do good and join others in doing good just by running. I have run for many reasons over the years: my health, to honor my father’s battle with cancer, to honor and raise awareness for my dear friend’s father who is living with Lewy Body Dementia and for many other personal reasons. This year, I will train for and run the New York City Marathon (26.2 miles) on November 1 with the Research Down Syndrome (RDS) runners to honor Ceci and raise valuable money to support RDS.
RDS specifically supports scientific studies directed towards understanding the sources of intellectual disabilities in persons with Down syndrome and YOU can be a part of this. Your donation helps RDS fund research directed at developing drug therapies that will help improve memory, learning and communication in persons with Down syndrome. This will lead to increased life opportunities in education, employment and social interaction. I am so excited to have the opportunity to run for something that means so much and will make an impact for Ceci and others diagnosed with Down syndrome and I appreciate your support and donations!
To make this a little more fun, we have added the following incentives!If you donate:
- $1 - $49 – Your name will be entered into a drawing for one of ten Chick-Fil-A free sandwich coupons.
- $50 and above will be entered to win one of three $25 gift cards (Uncle Julio’s Casa Grande, Buckhead Life Group and Cheesecake Factory).
- $75 and above – you will have the option to choose a song for Beth or Rodney to add to their race playlist. This song must be listened to by the designated runner during the race. There is a 15 song limit for each runner and we will be required to listen to at least three minutes of the song. You can have fun with your choices (i.e. make Rodney listen to Taylor Swift) or you can motivate us with a song (i.e. Eye of the Tiger).
- $100 and above – we will add your name to the back of the shirt we wear during the race in appreciation of your support.
Together, let’s Race for the Extraordinary.
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