Why I Race
ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately, respiratory failure. ALS causes one to lose muscle function, speech and the ability to eat on one's own.
Starting in late 2010 I started my journey towards weight loss. What I gained while I lost was the sense of freedom and energy that comes from physical activity. After completing multiple 5ks, 10ks, triathlons and an Ironman; I figured that it was time to run for something larger than myself while attempting a marathon. I chose to fundraise for the cause of ALS because I want to be the person who can run for those who can't or will soon not be able to. I want you to help me support those that are suffering and those who will soon be facing the effects of ALS.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation has been Chicago’s leader in ALS patient care and research since 1977. The money we raise together goes toward helping people currently living with ALS (PALS) and their families through the Foundation’s Home and Community Services and grant programs. It also supports the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine where PALS are seen by a multi-disciplinary clinical staff at the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic, ensuring no part of their disease goes unseen and untreated. The Center also supports three research laboratories, each one providing hope of a future without ALS.
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