Rebecca ODowd wrote -My 'Uncle' Joe has been in my life since before I can remember. A dear friend of my parents he is a true Hero in many ways. After being drafted in college, Joe served our country during The Vietnam War. Upon his return he finished Law School and had an incredibly successful career. Joe and his wife Laurel have been a part of my family forever and although they are not part of my given family they have always been members of my chosen family. Recently Joe has been diagnosed with ALS and as he battles this disease, his little girl, Katherine is tackling Breast Cancer like a champ. I have run for many causes over the years and today I make the chose to join the Joe's battle against ALS. May the money I raise go toward research and advancements so that others do not have to struggle with this disease.