BENEFITING: The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2014
This October, I will be running my first marathon--the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!
I have 2 goals:
1. Survive 26.2
2. Raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association in memory of my grandma, Mary Ann Murphy.
I'll work on Goal #1, but I need your help with #2. Read some of the info below and learn more about ALS. If you wish to make a donation, do so here. All funds will go to the ALS Association's work to defeat ALS through research, care services, and public policy.
What is ALS?
ALS (or Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year (that's 15 new cases a day). It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.
What is the ALS Association?
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
Who was Mary Ann Murphy?
My grandma was a devout Catholic, a wife, a mother of 10, and a grandmother to over 40 grandchildren. She loved music, painting ceramics, playing cards, and travelling. She always served as an example of faithfulness and love, perhaps especially during her battle with ALS.
I can still remember her cheering me on during my track and cross country races. I am so happy to be able to honor her with my first marathon.
Thanks for your support!