BENEFITING: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
On January 27th I would be one of 27,000 who will be running the ING Miami marathon, that's 26.2 miles in case you were wondering. This is my first marathon and I’m doing it to honor the life of my grandmother who raised me, she was an amazing woman who passed away on June 7th, 2012 due to a life long battle with Diabetes.
My grandmother was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever known in life. She taught you to appreciate life in a way that brought happiness to everyone around her; hers was an infinite well of good will. My grandmother was recently taken from me due to complications from diabetes. She was a brave and selfless woman, and she suffered for over 30 years from her illness. Even as the disease began to take her away from me, she was always working tirelessly to help others. My mother is one of her four children that all have been diagnosed with diabetes. I am running to honor them as well. They all will struggle with diabetes much like my grandmother did. My story is only one of millions that is written each year by this disease.
I am writing now to ask for your help in my fight to find the cure; to help those millions of families that are impacted each year by diabetes. I am raising money for the Chicago Diabetes Project. The Chicago Diabetes Project is a global leader in innovative diabetes research, advancing studies in an islet cell transportation treatment that could be the essential first step in discovering a permanent cure for diabetes. They have combined renowned physicians, biologists, scientists, engineers, and chemists to try and develop the treatment into available option for many who suffer.
I want to raise money to combat diabetes in honor of all men and women like my grandmother and family throughout the world, because I believe it is only a matter of time before a cure is discovered. I have set a goal of $3000 to be raised by the time I run the race. This is only a small fraction of the project’s overall goal of $500,000 raised, but every dollar counts. Anything that can be given to help me commemorate the life of my grandmother is appreciated.
Diabetes may not be as visible in the national conscience as some of the other diseases that afflict our population today, but it results in much the same heartache and suffering as any other disease. I appreciate your willingness to donate to this honorable cause, and know that 100% of your donation goes to the Project’s fundraising goal. You can join a community of people that believe diabetes can be cured and millions of lives saved. As an added bonus, you can come cheer me on November 4th as I run through the five boroughs of New York City.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is through your generous contribution that families like my own hold out hope for a cure to this disease.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FOUNDATION wrote -
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WE RUN TO ADVANCE DIABETES RESEARCH: As individuals we have a presence, but together as team we are a force. The Cellmates on the Run is a running group that brings people together to achieve a common goal: to raise awareness in the fight of an aggressively growing epidemic - DIABETES.
Specifically, we run for the Chicago Diabetes Project (CDP) – the first scientific collaboration of its kind. Physicians, scientists, engineers, chemists and molecular biologists from three continents have a common goal—find a cure for diabetes as fast as possible. The mission of the CDP is to make islet cell transplantation the most promising treatment for diabetes today, and a viable option for all who suffer with diabetes.
In 2009, the Cellmates on the Run became an official charity with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the ING New York Marathon. Our first year was immensely successful: 131 total runners raised over $200,000 for The Chicago Diabetes Project. We hope to raise $500,000.00 in 2012.
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