2017 Chicago Marathon - Run for ALS in memory of Paul D. Orso
For man years, I have contemplated running a marathon. No doubt it will be physically challenging but I've always felt like I "had it in me" to take on the challenge with enough motivation and persistance. Quite honestly, I just never had something to really push me into wanting to put that kind of stress on my body.
In 2012, my Uncle Paul was diagnosed with ALS. He was an avid runner and cyclist - he ran marathons, would cycle great distances, and was just an all around healthy and happy guy. He is the last person you'd ever imagine to lose his physical health, but he did. One thing is for sure, my Uncle Paul never lost his zest for life while enduring ALS. His relationships with friends and family became sweeter, he scootered his way through the Canadian mountains, he recorded a CD that went up on iTunes and in short, he spent his last years exploring what it meant to truly live. He gracefully lost his battle to ALS in just three short years at the age of 56 but his memory lives on. He was persistent, ever faithful, and loving and it is for him that I choose to endure these challenging 26.2 miles.
I never thought that my ALS ice bucket challenge would lead to a much bigger challenge...but Uncle Paul, here I go, this is for you, who endured much, much more than than I can imagine. I'll be thinking of you every mile....
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