I'm running the CRAFT HALF, a 1/2 marathon in Winston-Salem, on April 6, 2019 to raise money for the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia in memory of my Dad, George Simonson who passed away from complications due to ALS on February 11. He was first diagnosed with ALS in March 2013. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
My Dad was an amazing husband, father, and papa. I'm running to celebrate his life and help provide funds to support families like mine who are facing this devastating, fatal illness. My Dad was thankful for every day. He counted his blessings and faced all things with a kind heart and a sense of humor. The way he lived his life inspires me, gives me hope when all seems lost, and reminds me to stop and appreciate the little things in life. With each step I take while training and on race day, I'll be thinking of him. I need your help to reach my goal.
It's fitting that my first run in memorium is hosted by a brewery. I'll drink one for him at the finish line.