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Three years ago, I ran my first half-marathon, and after completing the grueling 13.1 miles, I decided I never wanted to run one again. Then Disney appealed to my better half with a Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. How could I say no? I participated in the Rebel Challenge, a 19.3 mile race over two days that was both exhausting and painful. I had completed it, I was done. I didn't need to run distances that long again. Then I was invited to join Team Muscle Makers for UCMD and everything changed. I again participated in the 19.3 mile Rebel Challenge, but instead of running for myself, I was running for those children diagnosed with UCMD.
Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (UMCD) is a rare neuromuscular disease that leaves children with weakened muscles, often required powered wheelchairs and assitance. Having the opportunity to run and support these children changed my whole outlook on running. Last year, I was able to meet Parker, a young boy diagnosed with UCMD, and his strength inspired me to continue running and become a force for change for these children.
With all of your support last year, I was able to personally raise over $1,000 dollars for the treatment of UCMD and ran a personal best of 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 50 minutes, and 55 seconds. This year, for my fourth half-marathon and second year running for UCMD, I want to far surpass my performance last year. It will be difficult with medical school and the large amounts of studying required to complete this. However, with your support, thoughts, and funding, I plan to train daily so that come January 15th, I am in peak physical condition to surpass my personal best.
Please join me in raising money for the treatment of UCMD and make a donation of your choosing. Often, I have encouraged people to choose a dollar amount and contribute that amount for each mile (Even at one dollar that is almost 20 dollars going towards the treatment of UCMD). However, every amount helps!!!
Thank you for reading this and I hope that together we can make an impact in these childrens lives. May the force be with you.
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