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Lindsey Flook's Fundraiser:

Running For ALS (Miles for Bob)

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BENEFITING: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association

EVENT: 2012 ING New York City Marathon - $1 Mil a Mile

EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012

Mileage Tracker: 53

Lindsey Flook

THE STORY:

I am running my first marathon in New York City on November 4, 2012. Although I'm already whining about training in the blistering summer heat, what I'm really going to need is something to inspire me in those last miles come November. And no one could be more inspirational to me than my cousin, Bob Wolf.  Bob was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, otherwise known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), in 2004, and lost his hard fought battle with the disease on January 25, 2011.  And in his memory, I will be raising as much money as possible before the marathon to go to the ALS chapter in his town of Ambler, Pennsylvania.

My first memories of Bob and seeing him standing on a branch below me, climbing a giant tree in his backyard with a giant smile on his face.  There is hardly a memory I have of him that doesn't involve him smiling, laughing, or making some sort of ridiculous joke.  I remember being so afraid of going to see him after his diagnosis, thinking the disease had affected the man I knew and looked up to, but he was still just the same.  Even when he got thinner then I could ever imagine, when he became relegated to an electronic chair, and when every breath he took caused his body to shake...that contagious smile never waivered and the jokes never stopped.  In the final years of his life, he remained so full of joy and so willing to step up to every horrible challenge and face it head on with a smile on his face.  He never let any negativity show, and never let his disease define him - he always seemed hell bent on getting out there and celebrating each and every day he had.

I know the marathon is going to be a killer, and no matter how many miles I run this summer and fall, I'm never going to be completely ready.  But when I hit that wall at mile 22 (or maybe mile 14, who knows) I want to think of my cousin Bob smiling at whatever came his way and know that if he could get through 7 years of ALS, I can get through 26.2 miles and keep that smile on my face, for him.

$3,032

MONEY RAISED
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  • Cheryl and Bill Flook

    $50

  • Kate & Tom Cosgrove

    $100

  • Lindsey Flook

    $18

  • Nina & Kevin Larkin

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $300

  • Beth Diamond

    $100

  • Ryan and Debbie Price

    $50

  • Brian Flook

    $50

  • Steve & Diana Flook

    $50

  • Katie K.

    $50

  • Jess Groppe

    $26

  • Britten Cosgrove

     

  • Kay Miller

    $100

  • Thom and Joann McGowan

    $50

  • Jennifer McGowan

    $20

  • Bubby

    $100

  • Anuj, Joke and Nel Mittal

     

  • Diane Parkin

    $50

  • Susan and Tim Fletcher

    $100

  • Lauren Indiveri

    $25

  • Tom Quinlan & Gail Scott

    $100

  • Tom and Mary McGready

    $100

  • Jay Mitlas and Maria Macaluso

    $25

  • Sally, Richard and Lucy

    $100

  • Ted and Barbara Turk

    $50

  • Anon

    $30

  • Maxine and family

    $118

  • Shelley & Spence Miller

    $50

  • Mark and Eileen Wenckus

     

  • Glenn & Marie

     

  • Doug&Jeanne;

    $100

  • Sharon and Chuck

    $50

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Donor Comments

Sarah

Sarah

Miss you, love you. 5 years ago

Janis

Janis

I'm loving the pin! 5 years ago

Sharon and Chuck

Sharon and Chuck

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Doug&Jeanne;

Doug&Jeanne;

DONATION: $100

Great friend never to be forgotten,luck Lindsey 5 years ago

Glenn & Marie

Glenn & Marie

In memory of our dear friend Bob. Forever in our hearts, always in our thoughts. So deeply missed. 5 years ago

Mark and Eileen Wenckus

Mark and Eileen Wenckus

In memory of a wonderful guy. 5 years ago

Shelley & Spence Miller

Shelley & Spence Miller

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Maxine and family

Maxine and family

DONATION: $118

Lindsey, I agree with all that you have said about cousin Bob. I will always remember his infectious laugh and zest for life. Good luck. We will be thinking of you on race day. 5 years ago

Anon

Anon

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Ted and Barbara Turk

Ted and Barbara Turk

DONATION: $50

5 years ago