EVENT: Missoula Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: Jul 09, 2017
I'm running all 50 states by the time I'm 60 years old (5 years from Sept) to raise awareness and funding for the International Perthes Study Group, a registered 501c-3 organization.
Perthes disease is a bone disease that affects 1 of 20,000 children ages +/- 5-12 yrs old. Children are restricted from physical activity and, many times, placed in very restrictive casts and braces as well as crutches and wheelchairs. There is no known cause for Perthes (death of the femoral head) and no known prevention or cure.
My son was diagnosed just before his 8th bday and spent two years on crutches, 3 months in a restrictive A-brace, and finally had a femoral osteotomy to cut his femur in half and reposition it into his hip socket. He is now 23 yrs old and is a second year medical student at Texas A&M Health Science Center, thanks to the wonderful care of his physicians as a child.
Missoula will be my 6th state, and is my 3rd in 6 weeks!