Craig Williams via Crowdrise
November 01, 2013
BENEFITING: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
ORGANIZER: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Just to place one foot in front of the other required more effort than I had to give. My head was heavy and it was difficult to look up and focus. My eyes were heavy and just to keep them open was a struggle. Every breath was labored and shallow. All I wanted was couple of deep full breathes to keep me going. Weak arms hung loosely by my side but they were useless. The ache in my bones and muscles was overwhelmingly weakening. It was painful trying to get them to respond. But through all this I drank in the sights and sounds around me. I was living in the moment thinking it’s not going to get any better than this. Enjoy it.
No, I’m not describing the last few miles of a marathon but a painful minute in the life of someone with ALS.
Running a marathon is a walk in the park compared to what a person with ALS has to live with.
Having lost my brother Paul (photo on the left) to ALS (Motor Neurons) and two first cousins, Ross and Matt, I know the need to raise awareness about ALS is required if we are to make an impact. ALS is pervasive. You probably know of or are close to someone who has been impacted by this unforgiving disease.
The one thing I can do, and do well, is run. So I’ll be running my 4th New York City Marathon on Sunday November 3, 2013 in memory of Paul, Matt and Ross and others afflicted by ALS as a member of TEAM ALS: RUNNING 4 A CURE. I hope that you will support me as you always have with a donation that goes directly to the ALS Association – Greater New York Chapter. This local chapter supports national research along with assisting those with ALS and their families.
My 16 weeks of marathon training begins Monday July 15. I’ll be keeping you updated on a regular basis so expect a weekly email on my training and fundraising progress. Your support does make a difference. Knowing that you have committed builds my resolve to train and complete the marathon. Come race day I’ll have logged over 600 training miles just to run 26.2 on marathon day. I have a few races scheduled through the training as well. Again, this is nothing compared to what my brother Paul endured and so many others with ALS must battle with every minute of every day. Every minute is a marathon for them.
Emails will be coming from 4ccccs and I’ll update pictures and video (to the left) regulalrly.