Hey! And thank you for taking the time to check out my fundraiser page.
For those who aren't aware yet - ALS is a neurodegeneration disease and progresses rapidly. Upon diagnosis most people have only a 3-5 years life expectenancy. Over the course of these few years it starts minor with maybe a dropping of a plate in the kitchen, then later on maybe losing balance while standing in the train until over time you lose independence in day to day task such as going to the bathroom or feeding yourself.
Two years ago, a close family member of mine was diagnosed with ALS. This family member has always been a role model for me as she was the first in our family to immigrate to Canada for a better life for her and her family. After establishing her career as a nurse here in Vancouver, every year she would sponsor a family member to join her in Canada until both her parents and four of her siblings became Canadian residents. I am so grateful to be born and raised in Canada and if it wasn’t for her my life would would not have be what it is today. She created and gave my family opportunities to have a life here in Canada. She never took discovering the world for granted and often did road trips across the US and Canada or go abroad to various exotic destinations.
Since she started showing symptoms of ALS it is hard to see her body’s deterioration over time, which is affecting her overall quality of life and simple day to day activities. ALS is a disease that not only affects the person but the people around them too.
She reminds me every time I go out the door for a run that I shouldn’t take the one body I have for granted and to treat it well and use it while I can. We never know how much time we have left to discover and explore our world.
I’m running the BMO Full Marathon 2018 in hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon and to also raise awareness for people living with ALS. This will be my second marathon since picking up running back in 2015. My coworkers Carmen and Virginia will also be joining me for BMO Full and BMO Half respectively for this fundraiser.
Your donation will provide more hope and aid The ALS Society of BC in providing direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with ALS. Through assisting research we are committed to finding the cause of and cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
** All cash donations of $20.00 or more are eligible for tax receipts.
Also if you've donated, you're invited to my birthday on Friday, May 4th to join me in carbo loading for the BMO marathon on Sunday,May 6th and me finally pursuing the experience of having a full buzz cut! You will have the opportunity to cut off a piece of my hair :)