Sunday, September 13, 2015
The Well-Read Runner needs your help!
On October 18th, I am running the Monster Scramble 10K in Rochester, NY. As soon as I heard about it, I was like, YUP, sign me up! Because the proceeds from this race go to the fight against multiple sclerosis, which is an important cause for me.
My good friend Liz was diagnosed with MS last year, at the age of 31 and just weeks before her wedding. What a suck-fest, right? When she shared the diagnosis with me a few months later, I was devastated for her. I knew very little about the disease before her diagnosis, but what I've since heard from her and read about myself shows that she has a lifelong battle ahead. There is no cure for MS. Luckily, Liz caught it early and has a great team of doctors to help her out along the way. And hopefully, as research into the disease continues, better treatments (and maybe a CURE!) could help her even more in the future.
After I signed up for Monster Scramble, I was surprised when a few of my Facebook friends came forward (privately) and told me that they, too, were diagnosed with MS within the last few years. This disease is more prevalent than I originally knew, and makes me even more motivated to assist where I can.
So, as you may have guessed, runners of the Monster Scramble race are encouraged to fundraise for the event, and I am indeed doing so! My original goal was $500, but I've gone above that (yay!) and am now shooting for $1000. Any little bit helps! $5, $10, $20, whatever you've got! That money is going to an important cause and will help the millions of people around the world who are battling multiple sclerosis.
If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so HERE at my fundraising page (just click the gray button on the left that says "Donate to Me"). And please feel free to share this with any family or friends who might want to help out.
Thanks, readers!! I'll report back next month with my final fundraising totals (and a race recap, of course!). :)