BENEFITING: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
ORGANIZER: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
I am excited and honored to announce that I will be running the 2014 Boston Marathon for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Team! I will be running and raising funds for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of my brother, Chris Williams. I will run to keep his memory present in the mind of everyone that was privileged enough to have had the opportunity to know him and to make sure that even those who did not know him realize what an amazing person he was.
I make no exaggeration when I say that Chris was the strongest, bravest person I have ever known. If you didn’t known that he had Cystic Fibrosis, Chris did a remarkable job in fooling you to think that he didn’t have any more burdens to bear than you or I. I can assure you that although not every day was easy for Chris, he made sure every day was worthwhile. Despite time spent in and out of the hospital, and on his daily medical treatments at home, Chris barely stumbled. In Chris’ 23 years, he didn’t fall short of living an accomplished life full of amazing memories. When Chris passed away in April of 2011, he was about a month shy of graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in Biomedical Physics…as you can probably gather, a major such as this is no cakewalk. That being said, Chris’ friends can attest to the fact that all of his time spent at Northeastern was NOT spent studying. Chris gave Northeastern the “old college try” literally and figuratively and succeeded with flying colors. In terms of brothers, I hit the lottery with Chris. Chris’ quietly assumed role as a proud big brother became more and more evident as we grew up; he was someone that I could count on for anything. His laid-back approach to life, while gracefully accepting the daily challenges that living with CF presented, had a way of putting things in check for me and for anyone graced with the opportunity of knowing him. I am so incredibly thankful for the amazing life that Chris lived, but 23 years is too short. For those that continue to live with Cystic Fibrosis and for the family and friends that feel the effects of this disease every day, I will run in hopes of helping to push closer towards a cure.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and is dedicated to attacking Cystic Fibrosis from every angle. The focus of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure.
I would greatly appreciate your help in honoring Chris and helping me to support The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in its pursuit to better the lives of those affected by Cystic Fibrosis and to eventually find a cure.