Miles for Monte
I would love to know what this sweet, chubby cheeked little girl is dreaming about! I'd like to think my little sister, Liz, was dreaming of the day a cure for A.L.S. is found.
Our Dad, Monte Briner, was diagnosed when she was just 3 months old in 1984. Her childhood paralleled his fourteen year fight against A.L.S. Sitting on his lap, in his wheelchair, she witnessed year after year of advocating and fundraising. The annual Miles For Monte 5K raised almost one million dollars from 1990-1998 for A.L.S. research at Northwestern. She attended her first Les Turner ALS Foundation Hope Through Caring Black Tie Gala in 1996 at the age of 12 when our dad was honored for his Miles For Monte fundraising and other contributions as a board member.
Given her unique childhood, it is not surprising that after graduating from the University of Iowa, Liz (Briner Melvin) pursued a career with the Les Turner ALS Foundation. She is currently their Director of Special Events. Through the Foundation's event portfolio, Liz has raised over $15 million to benefit programs for people and families living with A.L.S.
A.L.S is a rare disease, with no treatment or cure, making the job of fundraising and advocating tough. Liz has taken our dad's example of courage, perseverance, and tenacity, and created an impressive events program. The Foundation's biggest event is their annual Walk for Life held at Soldier Field every September. Over 200 teams consisting of 7,000 people participate every year, raising nearly $1 million annually.
Team Miles For Monte participates in the Walk for Life in honor of our Dad every year. I know he would be thrilled to see his team walking in such a successful and large event managed by his daughter.
Thank you for supporting us in our fight against A.L.S. Together we can help that little girl's dream of a cure become a reality.
Emily Briner DeMayo
Proud daughter, sister, and team captain