DEAR FAMILY & FRIENDS...
2019 marks the 6th year of raising $ in Dad's memory through our "Dad's Fresh Air Fund!!"
Last year we raised another $2,595 for the American Lung Association! Thanks to family and friends like you our Dad's Fresh Air Fund-raising efforts since 2014 have surpassed $15,600, while supporting American Lung, American Cancer Society, United Hospice Care of Rockland and Damon Runyan Cancer Research Foundation!
THANK YOU!! :)
THIS YEAR we shift from raising $ in memory of loved ones to supporting loved ones we can still help!
Dad's Fresh Air Fund 2019 will 100% support The Tisch MS Research Center of New York, You may know someone suffering from MS. I do too; my cousin Kevin Grace. It is with great admiration that I dedicate all of our fund efforts this year in his name.
The National MS Society defines Multiple Sclerosis as "An unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The cause of MS is still unknown. Scientists believe that a combination of environmental and genetic factors contribute to the risk of developing MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50,"
Kevin Grace is my cousin and close friend, a former NYC Marathon finisher now confined to a wheelchair; requiring 24 hour care.
Kevin has agreed to put himself out there to bring attention and focus to our cause. He has hand-picked Tisch MS Research Center of New York as the beneficiary of our fundraiser, because he feels that it the place where our efforts will have the greatest impact to fight MS!!
As debilitating as this auto-immune disease has been to his body, Kevin remains strong of heart and mind; full of life and love. And like my Dad, his tremendous heart is matched by his genuine spirit!
Kevin: "I have chosen the Tisch Center because they have recently started an FDA approved Stage 2 clinical trial using stem cells to regenerate lost functionality due to MS. This is the only Phase 2 trial in the country."
"I have been a patient of the practice associated with the Tisch Center for 15 years. I can assure you they are the most hard-working, compassionate group of healthcare professionals."
We can all do something to help raise awarness and funds to supoort this worthwhile cause. Please join Kevin and I and support Dad's Fresh Air Fund to fight MS this year!!
On Sunday, June 16th... appropriately on Father's Day, in memory of my Dad, we will RUN the Spartan to Stop MS!
Our team is called Mudd Sweat & Beers!! We will hit the Mountain at Sterling Forest, run up and down the trails, crawl through the mud under barbed wire, be challenged by up to 20 obstacles, do a whole lot of burpees and finish STRONG for Tisch MS Research Center of New York!! There is no doubt that if Kevin was able, he would be running with us. Please join us in our efforts to raise funds this year in support of Kevin and others suffering from MS!
DAD's FRESH AIR FUND was established in 2014 to celebrate his life, love of family and friends, spirit of volunteerism and adoration of the outdoors.
From the beginning the Fund mission has been to run for Dad to keep his memory alive and as fresh in our minds as he will always be in our hearts... We also run to raise awareness and support for important causes with each event.
There are so many worthy causes out there. Thank you for considering this one!!
With much love and friendship!
Patrick J. Grace Jr.