I began working for MDA in July 2016, and my life was forever changed. Muscular dystrophy is an umbrella term and emcompasses a number of genetic and progessive neuromuscular diseases. Muscle disease causes an individual's muscles to become weaker over time. Some may lose the ability to walk, talk, hug, and even breath. Working at MDA has given me a new appreication for life and the abilities I have always taken for granted. This is why I have decided to run the 2019 Chicago Marathon in honor of all of the MDA patients and families I have met over the last three years.
Through my job I have been given the incredible opportunity to serve as one of the Camp Directors for the MDA Summer Camp program in Illinois. Camp is also known as the best week of the year because it is the happiest, most accepting, and inclusive community I have ever been a part of. This program provides the campers with the opportunity to break out of their comfort zones, try brand new activities, make lifelong friends, gain independence, and build their self-confidence.
When I'm out on the marathon course on October 13th, 2019 my mind will be focused on the patients, campers, and families I have met. Every step I take is dedicated to them and every dollar raised is to give hope that we will see a treatment and cure for every diagnosis supported by MDA.
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