Julia Reich is participating in A Long Swim's Virtual Race for ALS research. To support Julia and A Long Swim please consider donating.
A note from Julia on why she is participating and fundraising:
"I don’t know anyone personally that has ALS. I found A Long Swim because it was an opportunity for me to get some practice in open water where I would be supported by kayaks and people looking out for me. Water is something new(er) to me only learning how to swim 5 years ago, and being terrified of it my whole life. Then I learned that ‘A Long Swim’ was a support group for ALS charity and research.
We all know a little something about ALS disease.. Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a disease that deteriorates your nerve cells and slowly weaken your muscles... all the way to the end of life to where your lungs cannot take a breath and eventually your heart muscle stops too. It’s a slow disease that takes the lives of those affected with it, way too fast. Lou Gehrig was only 37 when he lost his battle with ALS.
Since my first A Long Swim event, I have come to meet or learn of 3 different people that have this disease. There are a handful of diseases that I believe we can find a cure for with research and ALS is one of them. There is no cure yet for ALS and funding is needed for research. I’d like to make a difference no matter how small as many small things add up to big things, maybe a huge thing – a cure. This has become a happy place for me.. water.
- Julia Reich"
Typically, A Long Swim hosts live, in-person events to raise money for ALS research. Due to COVID-19, these in-person events have been cancelled. This year, A Long Swim is hosting a Virtual Race from June 1 - 30. To learn more about our virtual race please visit ALongSwim.org or contact Kate Himes at KateHimes@ALongSwim.org or 224.234.4018.