Mark Plevniak via Crowdrise
September 23, 2010
BENEFITING: SPONDYLITIS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
EVENT DATE: Nov 07, 2010
Five years ago I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a chronic & debilitating form of arthritis that primarily affects joints in the spine & pelvis. AS can also cause inflammation in other areas (shoulders, hips, ribs, heels, hands, and feet). "Flare ups" can also occur in the eyes (known as Iritis or Uveitis), and in some cases, the lungs and heart.
I've always wanted to run a marathon--and I figure I'm in pain whether I'm running or I'm sitting on the couch, so I might as well be running! Not a day of training has gone by (literally) without me wincing in pain due to this disease. But as they say, no pain, no gain.
I want to take this opportunity to not only raise awareness of AS, but also to raise money for an organization that dedicates their time & resources to finding a cure while providing support to the thousands of us affected.