BENEFITING: LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation
ORGANIZER: LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation
Grace here - I'm taking over the Team Falanga site to announce that I'm running my very first half marathon - that's 13.1 miles - to raise money for Down syndrome Research! Won't you please consider reading my story and donating to this amazing cause? Any amount is so appreciated!
On November 7 I am runningthe DisneyWorld Half Marathon to raise money for Down Syndrome Research. I am currently 16 years old, a junior in high school, and I am part of one of the most amazing and supportive families ever. One special member of my family is my little brother, Matthew. Matthew, in most ways, is a normal 6th grader, who runs track and cross country, and enjoys getting on my nerves, as most little brothers do. But, he is also a different in a few ways, because he has Down Syndrome. Matthew is truly amazing, and as I have watched him grow up, I have witnessed him accomplish amazing things. However, with each of those amazing accomplishments, I have also had to watch him struggle immensely to achieve what to others is easy. I am racing for my brother, and raising money so that he can achieve all of his dreams–go to work, have a family, and live independently. I would greatly appreciate it if you would donate to my fundraiser so that we can find ways to help people with Down Syndrome. Thank you for reading my story, and please support me as I race for my extraordinary brother, Matthew!
LuMind Foundation wrote -
LuMind Research Down Syndrome's RDS Runners is the national charity running program advancing Down syndrome cognition research. The Foundation is the worldwide leader in supporting Down syndrome cognition research. Biomedical research is aimed at developing treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome. This enables them to participate more successfully in school and lead more active and independent lives. Treatments to avoid the early onset of Alzheimer's disease in persons with Down syndrome are also being explored. Remarkable progress has already been made over a very short time. In fact, four human clinical trials have already begun, less than a decade after the support of private foundations stimulated the progress of Down syndrome cognitive research. Your support of our RDS Runners will help translate these research initiatives into a reality. Let’s Race for the Extraordinary!