I got my first pledge!
September 12, 2016
EVENT DATE: Oct 16, 2016
Multiple Sclerosis affects people in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 20 and 50. Every hour someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. More than 2.5 million people worldwide live with this cruel and unpredictable disease. Currently there is no cure for MS.
My sister Kim (who is only 47) suffers from MS and the disease has ended her academic career (she was, just fifteen years ago, a tenured professor of Speech Communication) and severely reduced her quality of life. She is nearly confined to a wheelchair and will probably be unable to walk at all within a few years. She is bedridden for up to twenty hours a day and has trouble with even the most basic tasks, including reading, bathing, and even swallowing her food.
In an effort to raise money for the Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Society and support my sister's recovery, I am planning to run in the Detroit Free Press Marathon on October 16, 2016. I am collecting donations from anyone who would like to help sponsor my run. My goal is to collect $600 from friends, family, and colleagues. All the money that I raise will be donated to the Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Society, where it will be used to help find the cause, treatment, and ultimately the cure for multiple sclerosis. The money will also also used to provide education, information, direct financial support, and scholarships to individuals and families living with MS.
Please consider sponsoring me as I undertake this challenging 26.2 run on behalf of my sister and all those like her who suffer from MS. Any amount ($5, $10, $1.00/mile, or more) would help me reach my goal and all donations tax deductible. Thank you for supporting me in my effort to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis!