BENEFITING: Prize4Life, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Prize4Life, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
My dad, Brian Campbell, was an amazing man. He always believed in staying in shape and living a healthy life, and he always encouraged me to run. "Ben, be a runner for life," he would say. And without a doubt, one of our favorite things to do together was run on the trail. It was a place where we talked about life - the fun things, world events, and tough decisions. My dad anchored me in everything I did.
Tragically, in 2008, my dad was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), and it was very hard for our whole family. The disease slowly takes your mobility and most do not live more than 3-5 years once diagnosed. My mom, brother, and I, with help from many friends and family, supported him during his most difficult times until he died on January 22, 2011. When I think back, I am still amazed that despite the struggles he faced, Dad maintained a very positive attitude and had the greatest smile.
This year, I'm running the NYC marathon to commemorate my dad and all those who have struggled with ALS. He won't be running with me like we used to, but I know he will be there in spirit. I'm running to raise money for an organization that I really believe in -- Prize4Life -- as they are making outstanding strides in accelerating research toward a cure for ALS. I truly believe that together, we can find a cure. I humbly seek your support in this effort, and thank you sincerely.
Prize4Life, Inc. wrote -
Prize4Life is a results-driven nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the discovery of treatments and a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Central to our work is a drive to generate new ideas, foster new research, and drive innovation that creates opportunities for breakthroughs in the pursuit of a cure for ALS. We are determined to eradicate ALS by catalyzing new ideas, eliminating barriers, and generating results.
Founded in 2006 by Avichai Kremer, who was diagnosed with ALS while a Harvard Business School student at age 29. We believe that solutions to some of the biggest challenges in ALS research will require out-of-the-box thinking, and that some of the most critical discoveries may come from unlikely places. To that end, our programs and initiatives focus on a prize-for-breakthrough model that provides both financial and other incentives for advancing progress on the path to a cure. For more information, visit www.prize4life.org.
ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, fatal, neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons. When motor neurons die, the brain is no longer able to control muscle movement. Unable to function, muscles atrophy. Eventually, all muscles under voluntary control are affected and patients in time lose their ability to move, speak, swallow, or breathe on their own. During this process, the brain typically remains intact allowing the patient to anticipate and observe the loss of each function.
There are more than 600,000 people around the world suffering from ALS. The majority of whom will die within two to five years of diagnosis. At present, there is no cure or effective treatment for this indiscriminate, merciless illness.
To address this challenge, we have developed a series of prizes and ongoing programs that offer both financial incentives and material support for ALS research. Prize4Life’s programs already have yielded key results setting the stage for significant progress in the fight against ALS.