March 27, 2018 - Today, the announcement comes of a training team like no other. Brought together by a deep-seated desire to do good and never having ever uttered the words “I want to do a marathon,” Mynelly Perez, Renee Moser, Janna Arkow, and Katie Moser are officially training for the 2018 New York City Marathon. “It was at lunch, a week after the 2017 marathon, when Mynelly mentioned the possibility of me doing the 2018 marathon. I knew it was a joke, but I said ‘ok.’ By the end of that lunch, I had convinced her to do it, too,” says Katie, “I knew I gave her no out when I told Louise, Arvind, and Dan our plans.” The 2018 New York City Marathon is happening on Sunday, November 4th. It is taking runners 26.2 miles through the five boroughs of NYC: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. During their second conversation about doing the marathon they asked important questions like, ‘how late is the finish line open?’ and ‘are there bathrooms?’ This might be surprising to some, but Mynelly and Katie are not runners. For what it’s worth, neither is Janna nor Renee. Janna and Renee were both intrigued and skeptical about the idea of doing a marathon, and most likely secretly hoped the spots would fill up with experienced runners. They expressed concern with the fundraising goals attached to participating in this marathon. For the 2018 marathon, this group would be participating as part of a bigger team raising money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). The fundraising goals are high, but achievable. Katie reassured them, “I pledged to do this marathon if people donate $30,000.” Knowing she would need help to reach such a lofty goal, they submitted their applications and dug their sweat bands out of storage. Understanding that they are doing it for such an important cause, family and friends have been supportive. “Going to the gym again? When is the marathon? November? You’ve got time,” quips Uncle Mickey. Training has been unconventional for this team. Janna is working on cardio through dance and air guitar. Mynelly is improving balance and bounce. Renee is increasing her distance with her dogs. Katie is still trying to figure out where to begin. They’re all working hard. These four will be following the Dr. Jang-Ho Cha recommended “non-runners marathon training” schedule, which is a 16-week training program. So, do they have time for training, yes. But does this team have the time to raise $30,000 to support the important programs for advocacy, education, and research of the HDSA? They need your help.
Huntington's Disease Society of America, Inc. wrote:
Welcome to the 2018 HDSA NYC Marathon Team. Please note that this page is for fundraising purposes only to team members that have already received a marathon spot from HDSA. If you have not yet received a marathon spot from HDSA registering on this page does not guarantee you a spot. If you have questions or concerns about the 2018 HDSA NYC Marathon Team please e-mail Mynelly Perez at email@example.com
What is the Huntington’s Disease Society of America? The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today, hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families. To learn more, please visit www.hdsa.org. What is Huntington’s Disease? Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities usually during their prime working years and has no cure. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes the disease. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of Huntington’s disease are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.