2 women, 12 marathons in 2012 - for a friend
Hi - following is the background info on what we are doing...All of our marathons are local, which is a great plug for the local racing community!
A friend since kindergarten, Brian Day was diagnosed with ALS in August of 2009. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, moving to the muscles throughout the body. The ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. Patients in the later stages may become totally paralyzed.
The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about 2 to 5 years, although 20% of people with ALS do live 5 years or more. ALS can strike anyone; it is a disease that has no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.
In addition the sheer impact of the disease itself,
ALS can put a great deal of stress on a patient’s family. The ALS chapters are tantamount in helping to ease some of this stress. Brian has experienced this first hand as they have done numerous things in supporting him & his family. Their assistance has included providing a power wheelchair to give Brian mobility & providing tools to allow him to continue to experience day-to-day life.
To help keep the chapters funded so that they can continue to provide support to ALS patients and their families, we are running 12 marathons in 2012 to raise $12,000 for ALS family assistance in honor of Brian.
The chapters could not do this without donations from caring, supportive individuals like you. We hope that you will join us in this cause...to give back to the ALS chapters that have helped Brian & his family & to allow them to continue to support others while a cure is found.
Our first marathon is 2/26/12 in Dublin, OH & our 12th will be the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on 11/3/12 in Indianapolis, IN. We are extremely excited & humbled to be able to use our love of running to support both Brian's local ALS chapter in Colorado & our local one in Grand Rapids, MI. 100% of the funds raised will be split between the 2 chapters.
While our efforts in running this year will be difficult, nothing compares to the difficulties Brian & other ALS individuals & their families face in dealing with the disease.
We have decided to call our efforts "One Day..." In part, to link the title to our friend & also because those 2 short words speak more than paragraphs could.
More information can be found on our fund raising page www.onedaynoals.bbnow.org You can donate on-line via the site. If you’d like to send a check, please make it out to “ALS Association” and mail to Tracy Eaves, 57434 Sanderling Dr., Niles, MI 49120.
Please consider supporting us in our efforts to help ALS families. Any amount is appreciated & will help greatly!
Tracy Eaves & Nevada Pokorney