HALF OF ALL WOMEN WILL BREAK A BONE DUE TO OSTEOPOROSIS.
DO NOT BE A STATISTIC.
PLEASE HELP ME SUPPORT THE GOOD WORK THE NATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION HAS BEEN DOING FOR OVER 30 YEARS.
Here's why I'm asking for your help . . . The National Osteoporosis Foundation 'Be Bone Strong' NYC Marathon Team was scheduled to run the 2020 NYC Marathon on November 1st, 2020. But then COVID-19 hit and most races were cancelled, including the NYC Marathon. This would have been the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Marathon, so of course our team -- comprised of women age 50 and older -- was devastated.
However, NYRR decided to turn the race into a virtual one, allowing runners to participate wherever they are in the world. For anyone who has ever run a virtual race alone, you know how mentally and physically challenging it is. Normally, the NYC Marathon attracts two million cheering fans who line the streets along the five boroughs, which definitely helps to propel racers to the finish line.
But this year, on November 1st, there will be no cheering fans, no water tables, no finish line to cross. I will run this race -- it will be my 11th marathon, all since turning 50 -- on my own as a way to raise awareness of the importance of bone health throughout our lives, and especially as we get older.
Women need to focus on bone health . . . Most women don't realize that once they go through menopause, their bones are weaker and thinner due to a drop in estrogen, making them easier to fracture if you fall. I want more people to understand that severe bone loss, often resulting in osteoporosis, is preventable, but also treatable. And, I believe that by running this race, however challenging it will be, and raising funds for the National Osteoprosis Foundation, where I serve as Bone Health Ambassador and a proud trustee, will help NOF continue to do the good work they have been doing for over 30 years, and I will be doing everything I can to help more people age successfully, which is my goal.
I'm running this race to honor my mother . . . My mother fell and broke her hip three years ago, because of osteoprosis. She no longer lives in her own home, and her indepdence has been taken away. She can no longer walk without help, and spends most of her day in a wheelchair. It has been devastating to watch the decline, and I have made a personal promise to myself that I will continue to do everything I can to fight bone loss so I can remain indepedent and mobile for as long as possible, and I encourage all of you to join me in this quest. I am running this marathon as a tribute to my mother and to all people who have lost their independence due to bone loss.
Here are a few ways your donation will be put to good use . . . It's important for you to know how your donation will be used. NOF programs include outreach to communities to raise awareness of bone health and preventing osteoporosis; engaging with healthcare providers so they focus more on osteoporosis prevention and treatment, especially among their menopausal and postmenopausal patients; spearheading a unique patient registry program where patients submit information about their ongoing care and treatment after a diagnosis of osteoporosis; and NOF regularly creates shareable content focusing on exercise, nutrition and other ways to prevent osteoporosis. NOF also reaches out to elected government officials to encourage them to focus on the overwhelming costs to the healthcare system connected to fractures and secondary fractures, and create and pass legislation that will reimburse costs of bone density tests, and help protect everyone's right to age well. All of this takes money, and in order to continue its programs, NOF needs your support. You can learn more about NOF and its programs by going to nof.org.
I can't thank you enough for taking the time to read this and make a donation to NOF. Every single dollar will help fund these important programs for years to come.
I will hold each and every one of you in my mind and heart as I run those 26.2 miles on November 1st, however long it takes.
Thank you and stay safe.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman