BENEFITING: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
ORGANIZER: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
This July I hit the pavement once again to train for the New York Marathon (Take 2!), which I will run on November 3, 2013. Not only am I excited to run my first New York, but, I am also excited because I have chosen to run it for Team ALS, the New York Chapter in honor of my friend, Jemma.
In January 2004 Jemma was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She is now 39 and unable to eat, dress or move without the help of her husband Jason. Through her courageous battle, Jemma remains positive and always willing to help others.
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer.
About three years ago, I made my decision to run for Jemma. I told her that when I got back to the U.S. (after living in London for 4 years), and ran New York it was going to be for her. Over the years, she has always supported causes that I have run for and been involved in and now I want to give back and run in honor of her. I want to run for those who can’t run themselves because they have been stricken by this horrible disease. Jemma, despite what she is going through, is always the first to encourage, support and to wish others well. It is amazing to me how one person can be so strong and have so much to give and be so selfless. I want to do my part in raising money in order to help beat this disease so that someday we may find a cure!
Last year, I attempted to run NY for Jemma but a natural disaster prevented that from happening. This year it WILL happen! I know that some of you reading this donated to this worthy cause last year. For those that have, as I said in my thank-you's, this is a pay-it-forward. For those that were unable to contribute last year, I hope that you will consider supporting me in this worthy cause and for supporting me in my run to honor this amazing woman!
The money I raise with your help will provide funding for research to find that cure…and to prevent others from going through what many before them have had to endure!