Compete 4 CMV
Team Member: Pete Zoob
Thank you for taking a moment of your time to visit my fundraiser page. On October 11th, 2015 I'll be running in the Chicago Marathon is support of the National CMV Foundation.
If you're looking to do something selfless, something that will help to serve and benefit thousands of unborn children and their families. Something that can have a meaningful impact, please consider this cause.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has the potential to affect up to 30,000 pregnancies every year. One in 5 of those will be born with permanent health defects as a result of a congenital CMV infection. Please take a moment to learn about CMV here http://www.nationalcmv.org/learn.html
That stat may not mean much to you, but it means the world to a couple of dear friends. Kristen and John Spytek welcomed their little girl, Evelyn Grace into the world on March 12th, 2013. Evelyn was born with congenital defects as a result of CMV. Having never heard of CMV prior to the birth of their daughter, Kristen and John began doing research and seeking answers. The lack of available information and awareness led them to undertaking the noble effort to help others learn about CMV, advocate for research and with the ultimate goal of eradicating congenital CMV, they formed the National CMV Foundation http://www.nationalcmv.org/home.html
Tragically, Evelyn's life was cut short at just 21 months old due to complications from a surgery that was needed because of the effects of congenital CMV. The loss of a child would be enough to stop anyone on the tracks, but the loss of Evelyn has strengthened the resolve of these two amazing people. Their strength and determination to bring awareness and raise funds for research through the National CMV Foundation and Compete4CMV, in honor of their little girl, is something that we can all admire. To fight on in the face of such adversity is what is driving me to do what I can to support Kristen and John in their efforts. If you've ever been fortunate enough to spend even a minute with either of these two, you know why this is so important. They will change the face of CMV in this country and abroad. They are the people you would want on your team to get something important and meaningful done. They will do this, but your help will aid them in their cause to inform, engage and advocate and eventually end Congenital CMV.
As I run this year's Chicago Marathon in an effort to raise funds for the National CMV Foundation and do what I can to raise awareness in the process, I ask that you consider donating to my fundraiser. Any amount can make a difference. If you're unable to donate from a financially, please make a donation of your time and share one of the following links on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media outlet of your choice. Advocacy and sharing this important information is one of the primary goals of the National CMV Foundation, and it's as simple as sharing a link on your end.
Help spread the word and bring awareness to their cause. Please help Kristen and John honor Evelyn and support a cause that could help so many.
Thanks again for your time and consideration.
Kristen Spytek wrote -
Thank you for supporting University of Michigan football and soccer alum as they ran the Capital City Half-marathon in Columbus, OH on May 2nd, and Kate Linaugh as she ran the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, PA on May 3rd. Next up: the CMV Community Cycle at Harness Cycle in Cleveland, OH on June 7th.
Click on the various Crusader profiles below to learn more about their events as well as to donate to the National CMV Foundation.
What is Compete 4 CMV?
Compete 4 CMV is a series of community based events raising charitable contributions for the National CMV Foundation. Those who choose to run, bike, swim or compete for this cause, shall be known as our CMV Crusaders.
The National CMV Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness, providing access to resources, and sharing prevention information to help eliminate congenital CMV. Our objective is to empower women to take charge of their health by giving them the tools they need before and during pregnancy.
Learn more at www.nationalcmv.org.
And follow us through social media for up to date research, event information, and prevention strategies:
- Twitter: @nationalcmv
- Instagram: @nationalcmv and @compete4cmv
- Facebook: National CMV Foundation