Hi everyone, and welcome to my fundraising page! I have joined the 2020 Boston Marathon Team Challenge ALS to honor my dear old dad, George. Dad competed in dozens of marathons as a younger man, finishing the 1978 Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes.
Five years ago, as many of you know, my dad successfully beat stage 3 cancer. He showed incredible strength and determination in enduring the chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and extensive surgery that it took to rid his body of cancer. I competed in my first two marathons as a sort of tribute to him while he was going through these treatments in 2014.
But today Dad fights a new battle against a new foe: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease (fitting, as he's a Yankees fan . . . nobody's perfect). ALS was made infamous by the Ice Bucket Challenge a number of year ago. A lot of money was raised through those efforts, and significant advancements in the fight against ALS were made because of that money. But there is still no cure for ALS, and there is a long way to go before one can be developed. That is why I am teaming up with the ALS Association and running to defeat ALS . . . and I need your help! Every little bit helps - my own kids, Olivia and Kellen, were the very first to contribute to this campaign, both donating a whole week's allowance to the cause! Whether you are able to donate $1, $100, or anything in between (or more!), please know that every penny will be sincerely appreciated by me, my family, and the ALS community as a whole.
Finally, I'll be sharing my training progress, my running exploits around Boston, and our experiences with ALS on Instagram, so check me out there: @todd_runs_boston
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page, and of course, please feel free to share with anyone and everyone who might be interested. Thanks again!
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This year The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter is proud to be celebrating its 9th year participating in the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program. We are so grateful for the opportunity to take part in this prestigious event and help continue to raise awareness of ALS!
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord which eventually leads to muscle paralysis. The disease is always fatal. There is no cure and people with ALS live an average of 2-5 years after diagnosis.
Our vision is to create a world without ALS. Our mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Our core values are COMPASSION, INTEGRITY, URGENCY.
The ALS Association is the largest funder of non-government sponsored research in the country. Our care services programs help patients and family members by providing supports groups, equipment loans, assistive technology, insurance and benefits counseling, and much more. We also advocate at the federal level for funding and laws to benefit ALS patients.
The money raised by the runners of Team Challenge ALS will be used to support all of these programs and hopefully lead us closer to creating a world without ALS!