Thank you for taking time to visit my fundraising page. I have decided to run in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon, raising funds for the Epilepsy Foundation in memory of our friend, Jody Ferguson.
Jody and I trained for the Baltimore Marathon together in 2001 and he was a constant source of optimism and humor. When I struggled to get in my distance, Jody was always there with genuine (and often goofy) support. On race day, Jody arrived with hair beads and a ton of energy. As we ran the course, he rallied the crowds, often running from one side of the street to the other, doling out high-fives. We all thought that he probably could have finished five minutes faster if he ran in a straight line - but that wasn’t what was important to him. Jody loved life and the joyful experiences of each day.
After taking some years off, it was Jody that reengaged Mike and I in running, introduced us to triathlons and ultimately back into running long-distance. Jody was a great friend, a great son and brother, and an inspiration to many. He participated in all sorts of sports, while living with Epilepsy. Sadly, we lost Jody in 2010.
I am so pleased to be able to run this race in honor of Jody. Also, I couldn't do it without the support of my family - Mike, Mallory & Kate. Thank you for the love!
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The Epilepsy Foundation is dedicated to making sure that people with epilepsy and seizures can experience all that life has to offer. Athletes vs. Epilepsy™ affirms this positive message and embodies it through action.
Athletes vs. Epilepsy is a nationwide program for athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans to raise awareness and money to help fund the Epilepsy Foundation's mission.
For our Athletes vs. Epilepsy, it’s about more than just the race, game, meet, etc. Each of our athletes also raise money and awareness on behalf of Epilepsy Foundation and our fight to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.