Most of you know that I have been running many races and participating in Obstacle Course Racing over the past year. Well I am about to embark on my final long distance journey this year and run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11th (SAVE THE DATE! I WANT TO SEE YOU ON THE PATH!).
In doing so, I will be raising money for the UPs for DownS charity. This charity is geared towards making others aware of Down Syndrome and teaching families how to incorporarte their family members who have Down Syndrome into daily life. Their mission reads: UPS for DownS is a parent directed, non-profit organization offering support, education, and encouragement for parents, families and others who love and care about persons with Down syndrome. We inspire community acceptance by sharing with others the presence, potential and abilities of people with Down syndrome.
Why this foundation? Most of you know the answer, but if you do not, let me share. 12 years ago my baby brother was born. He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome before birth. We had never turly experienced dealing with a person with disablity in our family. This was going to be a challenge, but also a life lesson. Over the years he has grown and become very smart, tech savvy, and my side kick. I will do anything and everything for him. I run these races to come home and place my medals around his neck. He is very loving, caring, and just a ball to be with. He loves basketball, Wii, and his iPad. He will be the first to make sure you say hi to everyone that walks into the house and he loves everyone with every piece of his heart. I RUN FOR HIM. So I choose to take on this 26.2 Miles and become a marathoner all for him.
Please help me reach my goal of $1500 by September 1, 2015. This will help me run on behalf of the foundation and the money will have gone to a cause that helps the one person dearest to my heart.
Thank you! I love you all! Thank you for all the support you all continuously provide.
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