Dear friends and family:
This year I will turn 60 years old. I know that it is not “old” in today’s world, but it is a time for personal reflection for me. I consider the good health of my children as my greatest blessing. Others I know and love have not been as fortunate, so once again I hope to make a contribution to change this.
On June 1st, in Kensington Maryland, I am going to be running/walking in Colleen’s BA 5k. Colleen’s BA 5K was organized in memory of Colleen Mitchel, who was the daughter of a dear friend of mine and a classmate of my son, Tom, at Walter Johnson High School. Colleen was born with biliary atresia (BA) and died in 2013 at the age of 19 due to complications from liver disease, while awaiting a second liver transplant.
Every year for the past six years, Colleen’s family has organized Colleen’s BA 5K in an effort to discover the cause of biliary atresia and support other families whose children suffer from liver disease. In the past, this event has raised over $125,000.
As I complete my 60th year of life, my hope is to finish the 5k (without injury!) and personally raise over $1500 for this worthy cause. This is where you come in. If you want to help me meet my goal, and support continued research for liver disease, make your donation TODAY! No amount is too small. Your gift is tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt from the Greater Washington Community Foundation*.
Thank you for your support of my effort. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via my email at email@example.com.
*The Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund is a component of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. For more information about the Run and the Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund, please see www.colleensba5k.org T