Ryan McMurrer via Crowdrise
March 15, 2012
BENEFITING: Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
EVENT: NYC Half 2012
EVENT DATE: Mar 18, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 13
As some of you may know, this coming March 18th I will be taking to the streets of New York and will be running in the NYC Half Marathon. Suffice it to say this will be a big undertaking. Not because of the distance (13.1 miles) but rather because of the fact that the race takes place the morning after St. Patrick’s Day (the most Holy of all Holidays) when most of New York will still be stumbling home from the bars.
Even though I’ve already qualified for this event, this race gives me the opportunity to put my feet to good use and do something truly meaningful. Therefore, in conjunction with my run I will be attempting to raise money for the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (“AFTD”).
Like most parents, my mother (aka Bunny) has made a tremendous impact on my life and has helped make me into the person I am today. For those that know her she has always been one of the most selfless, caring and compassionate people you’ll ever meet. Not only did she raise three amazing kids (yes I’m biased) but as a teacher for 30 plus years she affected the lives of so many other children. Unfortunately, despite her recent retirement my mom now faces a difficult challenge. A little over two years ago she was diagnosed with dementia or more specifically Frontotemporal Degeneration (“FTD”).
Unlike Alzheimer’s, which affects memory, FTD attacks the part of the brain, which controls behavior, personality, language, and motor skills and ultimately affects a person’s ability to function. For those diagnosed with this disease there is no past or future but only the now. Currently there is no treatment to slow or stop the progression of the disease but research is expanding and producing a greater understanding of the disease. Researchers are actively searching for new treatments and running clinical trials to test promising new medications.
Despite her diagnosis my mother continues to live her life to the fullest and considers each additional day she gets to spend with her family and friends a blessing.
With your support, my goal is to raise as much money as I can to help support the AFTD. I hope to continue my fundraising effort even after this race is over with hope that perhaps one day a cure for all brain diseases can be found.
Any donation that you can afford would be greatly appreciated. However, even if you can’t donate you can still make a difference by passing this email along to friends and family. Your contributions will allow AFTD to make conduct more research, educate more people, and give more support, and advocacy.
Thank you for your Support!