Compete 4 CMV
Team Member: David Pearson 2015
My goddaughter Evelyn Grace Spytek passed away in December from complications from a surgery associated with congenital CMV. I hope you will consider sponsoring me as I ‘Compete 4 CMV’ to raise funds for the National CMV Foundation, an organization devoted to raising awareness of and eradicating this preventable disease that affects thousands of children like Evelyn.
After running the Capital City Half Marathon on May 2nd along with nine of my former Michigan football teammates to support the National CMV Foundation, I am now heading to Duluth, Minn., on June 20th to tackle the Grandma's Marathon, a full marathon, with the organization’s co-founder, John Spytek.
Your gift will be impactful, important and tax deductible. While I am running in memory of my goddaughter, Evelyn, too many of us know a child born with an illness or taken too soon from this world. Donating to this cause will help fight a disease that is the most common congenital viral infection in the United States.
Cytomegalovirus, or “CMV”, is a common virus that infects people of all ages. However, most CMV infections are ‘silent,' causing no symptoms. If an individual does experience symptoms, they are similar to those of the flu or mononucleosis. It is only when people with weakened immune systems -- or unborn babies -- are infected, that CMV causes serious disease and complications.
Compete 4 CMV is a series of community based events raising charitable contributions for the National CMV Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by John and Kristen Spytek, dedicated to promoting awareness, providing access to resources, and sharing prevention information to help eliminate congenital CMV. Those who choose to run, bike, swim or compete for this cause are known as CMV Crusaders.
Previous 2014 and new 2015 donations will help fund the foundation's website development, online and offline content creation for distribution to women, retailers and healthcare professionals in several major cities, and wearables for the Crusaders.
Learn more at www.nationalcmv.org. You can also follow my training progress and that of my former Michigan teammates on Instagram @compete4cmv and follow general Compete 4 CMV events on Twitter at #compete4cmv.