I am running the Boston Marathon and my very first marathon in memory of my father who passed away December 2008 from ALS. I was just graduating high school and getting ready to embark on my new journey to college when I found out my father had ALS. Like most of my friends and family, I did not know much about ALS until my father was diagnosed with it in 2005.
I watched him courageously fight this disease while simultaneously working full-time and coaching his sports teams. Within a year of diagnosis, he became dependent on his Dynavox for communication (a speech generating device) and a feeding tube for nourishment.
Then in 2007, my father had his first bout of Pneumonia and spent 3 months in ICU and then later was transferred to a rehabilitation center. He came home with vent and trach in place. At this point, he had no mobility in his upper body, and his speech was gone.
Throughout the challenges and trials of this disease, my father never gave up. A born optimist until the day he passed, December 2008. He is remembered for his courage, humor and his drive to raise awareness for ALS. I'm proud to follow in his footsteps and continue to raise awareness for this cruel and devastating disease.
One day we will have this beat but until then I will continue to support this very important cause. In addition to taking on the challenge to complete this marathon, I have also committed to raise $6,000. I have faith that I can accomplish both.
Please consider sponsoring me for this cause and I hope to see you all at the finish line!! I am most grateful for your support.
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