BENEFITING: THE UMASS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: THE UMASS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who helped me on my successful Marathon journey last year. Donations and support for the Angel Fund and the Day Neuromuscular Laboratory run by Dr. Robert Brown at UMass Medical School, made a life-long dream come true, and I am eternally grateful. I have decided to, again, run the Boston Marathon to raise money to fight ALS and can only hope for the same overwhelming support as I received last year.
For those new to my story, I weighed over 300 pounds in High School, had a poor academic record and little motivation to change. I had also witnessed the deaths of my grandfather, Christopher Kennedy at age 66, and of my uncle Jimmy Kennedy at age 31 from ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease and learned firsthand of the devastating progression and toll of this disease.
Seeing the positive steps my uncle, Richard Kennedy, took to channel his grief and empower others by joining forces with Angel Fund, inspired me to make some positive changes, as well. The Angel Fund supports the laboratory and work of Robert H. Brown, MD, one of the world’s leading researchers working for the cause and cure for familial ALS.
I embarked on my own journey towards wellness, lost 120 pounds and had a dream come true last April when I crossed the Boston Marathon finish line in 90-degree heat and raised $5,600.00 for the Angel Fund.
I am now a senior at College of Charleston and will be off to new challenges in the Fall when I begin graduate school for a MSW degree. Before then, realizing the rates of ALS are increasing and there is still no cure, I vow to keep running and doing my part to help fund research and support for ALS victims. I will train harder, beat my previous finishing time and raise more money in the hopes of seeing an end to this horrific disease.
Please help and show your support with a donation, your time or just good thoughts as I take on this challenge to help cure ALS. Thanks, and wish me luck!