ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) aka Lou Gehrig's disease is an auto immune disease that weakens muscles thus impacting physical function. Once ALS starts it almost always progresses, eventually taking away the ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow, and breathe--shortening the life span.
As some of you know, one of my uncles is currently battling this terrible disease. Fortunately for him, however, the progression of his ALS has been slowed down by novel treatments developed by innovative researchers working ardently to try and find a cure for this debilitating disease. Thus, I am running the Boston Marathon for the ALS Cellucci fund because I have seen the physical, emotional, and mental toll ALS has on the patient and their caretakers. I am running the Boston Marathon to raise money for ALS research because that is the reason my uncle is alive today and the need for more groundbreaking research is urgent. I am running because this disease is slowly taking away, among many things, my uncle's ability to walk. Please consider donating to my fundraising page and help us change the future for ALS patients and what it means to have ALS! Thank you SO much!
Please join me in the fight by donating to the UMASS ALS Cellucci Fund.
The goal of the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund is to create a $10 million endowment to seed the boldest research ideas in the interdisiplinary labs under the direction of Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, one of the world's foremost authorities on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
-Ivy Mumbi Mwangi