Hi I’m Ali, and I’m going to be running in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in San Francisco on April 7, 2013. I have been wanting to raise money to donate to a charity, but there’s just so many to choose from. One of my good friends was diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a rare autoimmune disease, last year. I was with her for some of the doctor’s appointments last year and saw just how much this can change someone’s life. I have no idea how she, or anyone else for that matter, can deal with everything and still keep a positive outlook on life and a smile on her face. She had a flare last week that landed her in the hospital, and although I wasn’t able to be there with her she kept me updated. This unfortunate event made me realize that I had to raise money for the Vasculitis Foundation. I would love to see a cure for WG, not only for my best friend, but for everyone out there who is battling with this rare disease. We need to help make sure more research is done and more people are educated about this disease. I’m hoping that running this race and raising money we can get one step closer to eliminating this disease!