Hey everyone looking in. I am running the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6, 2016. This year I am running in honor of the efforts of our dear friend Gloria Blocker Clark put in during the past year - with your help - as she fought to overcome the life-threatening effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
You all know the story well and love the person. Gloria's unique brand of tenacity, courage, and grace has moved us all. Let's not allow Gloria's impact on other people throughout this paradigmatic struggle to be diminished or diluted in any of our minds and hearts. I am asking you to honor the opportunity that Gloria has seized for all of us and make a donation in any amount you choose to the GBS Foundation to be applied to the ongoing research to solve the mystery of GBS.
You should know that 97+% of all funds received go directly to the Foundation's research resources with the less than 3% administrative fee covering Crowdrise's overhead. This would appear to be a "no-brainer" to me but that is the last thing i hope results from your participation. Call it karma, paying it forward, or making God's love visible in the world but the world today needs all the little sparks in humanity it can get - first Gloria and now us.
You should also know that this is not a TCS NYC Marathon fundraiser - although I hope that they will add the GBS Foundation to their palette of the enormous number of charities they do affiliate with someday soon. Moreover, I am receiving no consideration from the TCS NYC Marathon in exchange for our participation in this fundraiser. Gloria moved me in a loving and unrelenting manner (unknown to her) to want to declare my faith. It is my highest hope that this simple kind gesture on your part will fill you to overflowing with Gloria's kind and generous spirit. In turn, the ripples of your loving and selfless act may indeed provide the source of the miracle of another story like Gloria's or possibly a cure?!
Thank you for your resolve and your commitment,
Joshua 1:9, Psalm 146