BENEFITING: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
ORGANIZER: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Dear Friends and Family,
It was only about a year ago that friends and colleagues from around the country encouraged me to run a half marathon for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Together, our team raised over 100,000 dollars for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Since that time, I have run several other half marathons for good causes. I'm writing to you today because, for the first time, I have decided to do something I never thought possible, which is to run a full marathon. The marathon I have chosen to run is the New York Marathon. This has a great deal of significance to me for several reasons. When we lived in NY, we went to Central Park to see the racers cross the finish line and were amazed at the physical accomplishment. I would not have believed possible I could ever do this too! The marathon was canceled last year because of Sandy and so there is even more pent up energy for this marathon.
More importantly, I am running for a wonderful cause. I am raising money for The Children’s IBD Center at Mount Sinai. The Children’s IBD Center takes care of a huge number of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). As many as you know, at least a quarter of patients who have inflammatory bowel disease were diagnosed as children. This can have a devastating affect both on the child as well as his or her family. Healthcare really only covers the cost of a doctor's visit, if that, but it never covers the cost of all the things that go into taking care of the patient and the whole family. The fundraising for Team IBDkids raises money to cover all the things that health care doesn't currently pay for including research and support staff to help care for patients. I believe strongly that it is through the support of philanthropy like this that we can really make a difference in the lives of patients.
I hope that you will support this cause and contribute to this very worthy program.