Three years ago, I set out to do my first 50k skate-ski race called the American Birkebeiner (the Birkie) in Hayward WI under the influence of our friends Matt and Kate. Since I had never skate-skiied before the race, I struggled at the starting line trying to get my skis on. Five hours later I finished the race, and loved every minute of it. Last year the race was cancelled because there was no snow. I will be participating in the Birkie again this year on February 24th, with two goals: to beat my previous time and to raise money and awareness for the ALS Association.
My grandfather Prosper (Di's dad) passed away from ALS many years ago as a young man when Di was just 21. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a group of rare neurological diseases that involve the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement, such as chewing, walking, and talking. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt, or reverse, the progression of the disease. The ALS Association supports research to find a cure for ALS and provide much-needed services to patients and their families. By donating any amount, you will help sustain hope in those people affected by ALS. We hope you will join us in supporting my Birkie adventure this year, by donating to the ALS Association. Thank you so much for your consideration and support.