WHY I'M RACING
I am participating in Race to Stop MS 2013, a charity fundraising effort on behalf of the National MS Society.
Within the hour, another person will be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This chronic, often debilitating disease affects 20,000 of our friends and neighbors across Illinois. People living with MS overcome challenges everyday: to walk; to have energy to go to the store; to have the will power not to give up.
Growing up, I saw my mother struggle with the debilitating disease. Everyday, I witnessed her tackling all the obstacles MS produces, all the while raising four children and putting us through school. As you may know, raising my siblings and I was not easy, it takes an extraordinary person to accomplish such an ardous task. Over and above that, my mom carried herself with a smile and contagious optimisim.
Looking back, my mother taught me it takes grit to push through life's challenges. I wish to run the Chicago Marathon on October 13 to show I can tackle any obstacle I face, similar to extraodrinary people like my mom and all those suffering from MS, pushing through their own marathons everday.
That's why it is so important to me to support the mission of the National MS Society by raising funds for programs and services that give hope to families in Illinois who are affected by MS, and for cutting-edge research into an eventual core that will end MS forever.
YOU CAN JOIN THE MOVEMENT, TOO!
Make a Donation
You can help us all move closer to a world free of MS by making a donation to the National MS Society on behalf of my Race to Stop MS efforts. It's easy to make an online donation right now. Just click the "Donate" button on this page. Or if you prefer, you can send in your donation via U.S. mail. (Please contact me for address details at firstname.lastname@example.org)
It's people like you-my friends, family, and associates-who can empower my fundraising efforts and the efforts of everyone racing across Illinois to end MS forever. I want you to know that I truly appreciate your support, because every bit counts. Together, we can move forward toward a world free of MS!
All the Best,