BENEFITING: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
ORGANIZER: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Thank you for taking time visiting me fundraising page.
On the 3rd of November 2013 (in two months!!!) I will run the 2013 New York City Marathon. I feel very privileged to be part of the Team ALS and running to benefit this great charity that helps those impacted by this horrible crippling disease.
I am running this marathon again with my dear friend Kelly (with whom I ran the last three marathons). Kelly had told me a long time ago that if she ever run NYC Marathon she would run in honour of her friend Jemma, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2004. Jemma is now 39 and unable to eat, dress or move without help. Through her courageous battle, Jemma remains positive and always willing to help others. I have decided to join Kelly in the effort of fundraising for the ALS Association, as running 42.195 km (or 26.2 miles) seems no struggle comparing to daily struggles patients with ALS go through.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive, fatal motor-neuron disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. Cognitive function is generally spared for most patients and the majority of people with ALS will maintain hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis and only about 4% survive longer than 10 years. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
Please help me to raise money to fund the research to help to find ways to prevent and cure this cruel disease! Thank you very much for your support!