Michael Berg

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Michael SAYS:
Dear Donors, I just wanted …
Dear Donors,

I just wanted to send out a final note of thanks to all of you who were so generous in giving to the MDA in the hopes of eventually finding a cure and raising awareness for FSH (Facioscapulohumeral) Muscular Dystrophy. Your kindness and generosity were felt and appreciated not only by me, but by Kristyn and Steve, the motivation behind my first marathon run. On behalf of all of us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

I just wanted to share a quick personal story about the day that stands out to me. After spending 3 ½ hours out in the elements, it was time to hit the starting line. At the starting line, the runners began throwing their clothes to the left and right into donation bins. It was time to start shedding layers. This was it. All of that training and it was now here. It was time to run and time to run for a long, long time, longer than I’ve ever run before. I was nervous and cold. Once I took off my hooded sweatshirt and tossed it into the bin, I realized just how low the temperature actually was. It was brutal. But as they were counting down for the start of the race, I took a glance down at my shirt that had been under layers for hours. At that moment, seeing MDA in bold letters on my shirt made me feel as if the temperature rose outside. It flipped my nervousness into confidence. I was reminded that it wasn’t really about the race, it was about the cause. No matter what would happen in the race, I, with the help of all of you, raised a considerable amount of money for the MDA, raised awareness, and that was the ultimate goal.

Thank you all for your support.

P.S. I’m happy to report that, after a check I received yesterday, we’ve exceeded the $5,000 goal and ended with a total of $5,385.


Mike
NYC 2014 Marathon Finisher (3:47:58)

4 years ago
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Ken
Ken SAYS:
Donors,   It was cold and wi…
Donors,
 
It was cold and windy for my Marathon Sunday. For this day I had the two perfect shirts-the official NYC version and the MDA one I wore proudly for all of you. 

I wish that I could somehow share with you the special feeling of my marathon. Of the energy and what I felt at the start as our group walked around the final turn and seeing the beautiful Verrazano-Narrows Bridge above us. It was breathtaking. The sun came out only seconds before we were sent on our way. The highest point on the course and the steepest grade was up the bridges almost mile long rise. It was thrilling. I don't recall my feet ever touching the pavement.

The first two-thirds of the course runs almost due north. After the bridge there weren't real hills until Central Park, only long up and downgrades to challenge us. So many people cheered us on. By mile eighteen there were many participants who were walking but when we entered Central Park for the last two miles it was like magic. Everyone was running. The energy level was insane. In a story my son wrote about this second Boston Marathon he noted the energy from the crowd that carried him on, somehow willing him the the finish line. I felt the same surge in New York.

I imagine that many of you have heard of a runner's high. It's what some runners feel when endorphins are released after a very long run. I've felt it only twice, once fifteen years ago and earlier this year after my Toledo Marathon. But not here in New York. I only felt tired, relieved and so happy.

But yesterday and today, when I've shared my story I've been swept away, back to New York and to that excitement. It's when I've shared what I experienced with my friends and in this letter I've felt that wonderful feeling, that high. I can't thank you enough for helping be a part of my experience. On behalf of the MDA I again say thank you. And from me my heartfelt thanks as well.

Ken
4 years ago
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Michael
Michael SAYS:
Thanks, Bro
Thanks, Bro
5 years ago
Michael Berg
Michael Berg
Albertson, NY United States
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98% Raised of$5,000 Goal