This will be my 1st year running the Chicago Marathon and raising money on behalf of my niece, Aashni, and the Mitochondrial Foundation. At the age of 1 Aashni was diagnosed with a mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a disease affecting every cell in her body, making daily tasks most of us take for granted a challenge. At the age of 5, Aashni is a determined, resilient, insanely smart, beautiful little girl. She has been able to achieve so much already with the help of her parents (my brother and sister-in-law). They strive to provide her with all the support, therapy, education, and love she needs to face these challenges and overcome obstacles. Unfortunately, there is still much to learn about this class of diseases which is why supporting and donating to UMDF will help provide for further research, more advanced treatments, and hopefully a cure.
UNITED MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE FOUNDATION INC wrote:
Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park. The UMDF's Team Hope Energy Life has participated in the marathon for the past 8 years as a charity partner, and we are excited for our 9th year as a partner with this world-class event.