Woodworth Mataele via Crowdrise
November 04, 2012
BENEFITING: MICHAEL H LUDWIG MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: MICHAEL H LUDWIG MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 3
We are currently nearly 40% of our goal or $1175 with both sites combined. Thank you for your support and contribution.
Help me raise $115 per mile for the NYC marathon. My name is Woody (Woodworth) Mataele and I’m looking to make a difference by following a cause that hits close to home and means a great deal to me. I strongly believe that as human beings, we all yearn for something more and meaningful in life and this is my journey in moving beyond ‘myself’ to make a difference.
In 2010, I lost my father, Ma’asi Mataele, prematurely to heart disease and this is my fight against the disease that contributes to nearly twenty-five percent (25%) of all the deaths in this country. Words can’t describe the blow this was to our family; the sudden lost of our father (our Rock) hours after my sister’s wedding celebration. The family gathering of joy brought on by a wedding, was immediately transitioned to a time of mourning as we now prepared for a funeral. This was a tragic event in my life that no one needs to experience. With that said I have taken on this cause and want to assist in even the smallest possible way I can in fighting this battle by bring education and awareness to the disease. The risk of heart disease can be decreased and with your help, we can fight together.
What We Need
My goal is to raise $3,000 to assist in this battle. 100% of the funds raised will be donated to The Michael H. Ludwig Memorial Foundation (www.michaelludwigfoundation.org), a foundation I admire and have become passionate about. Michael Ludwig died at age 9 from an undetected congenital heart defect. Michael was a solid athlete who loved life and had a passion for many sports; at times he had trouble with sustained running but always seemed to bounce right back. No one including numerous doctors and Michael's parents ever believed he was in any danger.
In the wake of the unbelievable, Michael's parents created this foundation with its aim to improve awareness, detection and treatment of life-threatening congenital heart conditions, especially among young athletes. Supporting the New York Marathon -- an excellent example of sustained running -- is consistent with the Foundation's mission and is a fitting tribute to Michael. With that said, I have joined and am committed to “Running for Young Hearts” team on behalf of the Michael H. Ludwig Memorial Foundation, to run in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon this fall. I am ecstatic to participate and in the process be able to raise funds to fight this disease that has taken my ‘pops’ and a young friend I have never met. (You may follow my journey and progress by going to my newly created blog (http://takingmyhearttonyc.blogspot.com/)
Your contribution will go a long way and will be greatly appreciated by myself and the Michael H. Ludwig Foundation.
Also visit (http://www.indiegogo.com/takingmyhearttonyc?c=home&a=781392) and (http://takingmyhearttonyc.blogspot.com/) to follow my progress and fundraising for this great foundation!
Please visit the Foundation website atwww.michaelludwigfoundation.org.