BENEFITING: Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation
Some say I’m crazy, but …I am running the Western States 100 Mile event on June 24th to raise funds for the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation. Natalie was a beautiful girl – full of smiles and happiness who tragically passed away at the age of 13 from an allergic reaction to peanuts. Natalie’s parents, Louis and Joanne, wanted to make sure no other family has to endure the heartbreaking loss of losing a child due to food allergies. They created The Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation in order to help reduce dangerous food allergy deaths by spreading public awareness with groups including the SF Giants, provide education regarding emergency responses and increase the availability of epinephrine injectors in public places. The Foundation has also funded research at Stanford and has begun working with catering organizations on college campuses.
Louis and Joanne are good friends from our days at Santa Clara University. Louis and I were each other’s best men in our weddings.
This will be my second time running the Western States 100 which starts in Squaw Valley and finishes in Auburn. My first time running this race in 2011 I finished in a little more than 29 hours. I am well into my training regularly running 50+ miles a week with a Saturday run of 25-32 miles. I am really excited about raising funds for this great cause. In order to spread the word regarding Natalie’s Foundation, my goal is to raise more than $25,000 with more than 300 donations.