This October I will be running the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. When I knew that I had not gotten into this race via the lottery program I was presented with a hypothetical choice to either pick a different race to run or get in via a charity entry. However it was just that: a hypothetical choice. I realized immediately that I would be running the race as a part of Team Momentum.
My relationship with the Muscular Dystrophy Association admittedly began as a fairly arbitrary one. You see they were at one point my employer--well techincally not but we'll glaze over the nuance here. In that brief stint I was able to see just how much of an impact this organization has on the lives of those it services. Whether it be providing access to physical resources such as wheelchairs to help those living with neuromuscular disease, hosting a summer camp for those with such inflictions suhc that they may have the same opportunities other children have while still having their individual needs met, or funding research into scientific innovations that benefit not only those with muscular dystrophy but the medical community as a whole--looking at you CRISPR Cas 9--or many other services provided by this organization that would be impossible to list of due to the breadth of their impact, the Muscular Dystrophy Association has an irrefutable impact on the lives on many.
All of these factors paired with the efficacy that they conduct their efforts have had me supporting the organization far past my time being employed with them. In the past I have served as a volunteer photographer for events of theirs among other efforts. Here, however, I saw the perfect crossroads between my fondness for running stupidly-long distances and raising funds and awareness for a really good cause. With that, I invite you to support these efforts if you are able and contribute to the lives of many, giving them hope and resources for an otherwise very unfortunate hand to be dealt.