Running For My Dad


Running For My Dad

Running For My Dad

Hello Friends and Family,

I am participating and fundraising for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation by running Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon on Saturday, November 17, 2012! I am doing this in honor of my father, Terry, who is living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

You can read about the Foundation's mission by visiting

Please help me help those living with pulmonary fibrosis by participating and fundraising with me. I have committed to raising $100 for every mile I run. My part is hard, your part is much easier. Just in case you need a little extra motivation to sponsor me, here are a few reasons:

10. You can sleep in late on Saturday, November 17th while still funding pulmonary fibrosis research, while I wake up and run 26.2 miles.

9. You can transform my shoes into a money machine as I raise $100/mile.

8. All donations are tax-deductible.

7. If you sponsor me, I have no excuse to walk or crawl. Rather, I'll run the entire 26.2 miles. I may stop to take a drink of water every now and then.

6. If I do not raise the total $2620, they make me wear a shirt saying, "I came $500 short of my fundraising goal." That's just embarassing.

5. Pulmonary Fibrosis Sucks....your breath away. It is a condition in which the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred. This causes the lungs to lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. As a result, the brain and other organs don't get the oxygen they need.

4. This disease affects approximately 200,000 Americans, of which 40,000 will die this year....the same as breast cancer and many people have never heard of it.

3. In preparing for this marathon, I ran over 1150 miles this year, gone through 3 pairs of shoes, 80 pounds of ice for ice baths, and at least 65 Gu Energy Gel packs during my runs. All you have to do is click one of the Donate buttons on the right-hand side of this page!

2. Some of you would probably get a kick out of seeing me cry. There's a good chance I'll be crying after 26.2 miles for a number of reasons. Help me cry for the best reasons.

1. My father is a funny, loving, caring, honorable man that I love immensely. He's a wonderful husband to my mother, an entertaining Papa to his grandkids, a pround father of three sons, a pillar in his community, and has wonderful taste in clothing. After all these years, my mom still picks out his clothes for him. We should all thank her for that. I want my daughter, Emma, to grow up knowing her Papa Ohlinger. He's the exact type of role model that I want her to emulate. This disease shouldn't prevent that. It's just wrong. That's why I want to raise money to find a cure.

If you cannot make a donation at this time, keep me in your thoughts during the run and come out to support me along the race course in Charlotte. Please forward this e-mail and link to everyone you know. Post this on your Facebook and Twitter pages. Every donation counts, no matter what the amount!

Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated.

Josh Ohlinger

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Running For My Dad
Papa Ohlinger holding my daughter, Emma.