Dear Friends and Family,I figured this year, I would put my insane desire to run 26.2 miles to a good cause. On November 4th, I will be running the ING New York City Marathon (yes yes yes!!!) to support the Jackson Gabriel Silver Foundation (JGSF), a nonprofit organization that funds scientifitic research to cure and treat a disease call Epidermolysis Bullosa ("EB"). This devastating, painful, disfiguring and currently incurable blistering disorder affects children from birth. Practically speaking, a child who suffers from EB lacks a critical protein that binds his or her layers of skin together. Imagine your skin being as fragile as a butterfly's wings. Imagine every movement you make causing your skin to shear off your body. Fighting this disease is particularly important to me because my coworker, Faye Dilgen has a son affected by EB. John Hudson is a very special boy with an adorable smile. I am amazed at Faye's strength every day as she works, cares for a family, and battles this disease with John Hudson. Curing a rare disease is always a race against the clock. But curing EB is a race against a clock moving at warp speed. Children like John Hudson have a 60% risk of dying by age 15, and nearly a 100% chance of developing an aggressive, painful and fatal form of skin cancer over the course of his shortened life. There is tremendously encouraging work underway, and a cure for EB is within reach. The Jackson Gabriel Silver Foundation has already funded key research projects and is excited to collaborate with the brilliant scientists working on a cure for EB. Please note that nearly 100% of all donations flow directly through to supporting EB research. Since it began, JGSF has raised over $800,000 for disease research. Visit www.jgsf.org to learn more about this organization. Please consider making a contribution. Every dollar brings us a step closer to finding a cure for this horrible disease.