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As some of you may know, I have decided to train and enter the 2012 ING NYC Marathon this year. While this has certainly been a life goal of mine for many years now, the main reason that I am running is to raise money in support of the Boomer Esiason Foundation in its fight against Cystic Fibrosis.
My cousins Michael and Amanda have bravely battled this serious and chronic respiratory and digestive disease all of their lives, and while my family and I have supported fundraising efforts over the years, I feel it's important to take a more active and significant role in helping to support the battle for a cure.
My cousin Michael (pictured left) celebrated his 21st birthday in March. He is a very talented musician and is currently in his third year at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. His positive attitude and unwavering resolve has been personally inspiring for me, and I will certainly draw off of that as I embark upon my marathon training regimen. Mike's "creativity", as he likes to call it, has kept our family aptly entertained over the years at parties and gatherings.
My cousin Amanda (pictured right) is an 18 year old freshman at Fairfield University. She has been involved in numerous school activities over the years from musical theater to girl's volleyball. Amanda is also my Goddaughter, and I couldn't have asked for a better Goddaughter. Her posititve attitude and outgoing personality is inspiring to me as is the case with everyone she meets. Amanda is also the Godmother to my other God child, Jack, and I feel privileged to share in that honor with her as well.
While I work with a number of non-profit organizations as part of my profession, this is the first time that I've taken on a primary fundraising role. I'm doing so because I've witnessed firsthand just how serious of an illness Cystic Fibrosis is. Symptoms ranging from extreme difficulty breathing due to a thick mucus building up in the lungs, to mutiple visits to the hospital, to chronic infections and issues with other organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines have made CF one of the more physically taxing diseases affecting young people today. Mike and Amanda go through a very intensive treatment regimen day-in and day-out, and I feel that this is the least I can do to help support them and the fight against this serious illness.
My goals are to raise $4,000 as a member of Team Boomer and to make Mike and Amanda proud of their cousin by completing the race in 3 hours and 30 minutes, approximately an 8-minute mile pace. While my finish time is entirely in my hands in terms of training and getting myself physically and mentally prepared for the Marathon challenge, I am humbly reaching out to each of you as friends, family and colleages to help me reach my fundraising goal. Your generosity is in support of a wonderful cause, and I would be personally grateful to each and every one of you if you could support my efforts in any way possible. Donations are of course tax-deductible.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. I will keep all of you up to date on my progress as the year goes on!
UPDATE: I'm coming down to the wire in terms of fundraising and training efforts. I've run over 400 miles in training to date. This Sunday, Oct. 21, I'm running a special training run with Team Boomer, covering the last 10 miles of the marathon route. I can't wait for race day, and I'm very humbled by all of the support that I've received from my wonderful friends and family!
Due to the generous support from everybody, I have increased my fundraising goal to $7,000 in the hopes of encouraging a few more donors to support this wonderful cause over the next few weeks.