BENEFITING: Prize4Life, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Prize4Life, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
I am excited to run the NYC Marathon for the first time. I have always been an active person and had such admiration for runners - never thinking that I could actually do that! Anyway, I started running various "K" races about a year ago and have really built up my endurance. I figured that this was the perfect time in my life to finally see if I could do something so empowering! Plus, when the charity for ALS offered to sponser me, I felt it was the right charity for me since my son Andrew is very devastated by the rock guitartist - Jason Becker - who has suffered from this devastating disease for 20 some years. A brilliant musician, he is now confined to a limited physical life. Below is a more in-depth look at this wonderful charity. Thank you so much for supporting me!
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.