All the funds I raise for this race will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
My mom needs a walker to get from the couch to the bathroom and a wheelchair to go any farther than that. When she was in her 20's, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which is an incurable, progressive, and invasive disease. Her immune system attacks the myelin sheaths around her neurons and this drastically affects the efficacy of her nervous system. For most of my life, she has had episodes that made things difficult for her, suffering from numbness, partial paralysis, which made walking hard or impossible, and memory lapses. Once she even got pulled over and nearly ticketed for a DUI because part of her tongue was numb and her balance was off because of an episode.
Recent times have been particularly difficult as she has struggled with daily care and even spent 2 years homeless, in a nomadic relationship with an abusive alcoholic boyfriend. Thankfully, I returned from Taiwan and, with some astounding generosity from family friends, was able to help her through that. She's miles away from that now, snug and safe in a shared housing unit in Cathedral Square in Burlington, VT. She's close to my twin, Eric, and I swing up there every couple months from NYC to spend time with her. You wouldn't believe the incredible optimism she shows as she faces each challenging day despite her difficulties and increasing hardship. Her positivity is simply awe-inspiring, especially for her boys (we're men now, but we'll always be her boys).
I'm running the United Airlines Half Marathon on March 18 and I'd like my second half marathon this year to make a difference for more people than just myself. I want to raise some money to donate to MS research and treatment charities. I want to raise awareness of my mom's affliction and share our own journey through the mess that MS creates. I want to help other people get through their own struggles as best they can if possible. I want to use this body she birthed for a good cause.
I want to run because she can't.
This is my first foray into fundraising and, honestly, anything that anyone wants to contribute is welcome, whether it's $100 or $1. It all counts, it all matters.
All the funds I raise for this race will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerorsis Society. Even if you don't want to contribute, at least give this a share so others can if they would like to do so.
Thanks for reading, and happy trails.