Going the Distance for ALS

When Todd Smallwood of Fenwick Island, Delaware discovered his long-time friend Mark Habicht was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2012, he knew he needed to take action. Like so many people, Todd wondered what he could do to help his friend? After talking with Mark, he had an idea. He needed to raise awareness and money. Todd a fitness enthusiast has run in several marathons, triathlons and even competed in the Ironman competition. Mark's story inspired him to push himself even further. Todd registered for the 2013 Graveyard 100 Ultra marathon” (www.graveyard100.com/Graveyard_100.html).

This grueling 100-mile race will be held on March 9th in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The course travels along the sand dunes, crossing the Bonner Bridge, ending at Cape Hatteras. In 2012 runners were not only battling to finish the race but also 28 mph winds. The race philosophy is “the best things and most cherished are earned the hard way”. While this may be true as a race philosophy, it cannot be said for Todd and Mark’s friendship. The friendship came easily and could not be more cherished by these two men.

You have an opportunity to make a difference as well.

DONATE...Your donation will make a direct impact on those living with ALS by helping to purchase equipment for the families, support ALS specific research or support the ALS multidisciplinary clinic.

GET INVOLVED....This is a long race and Todd can use support along the way. You can join the team and run a portion of the race (5, 7 or 10 miles). Spots are limited and there is a $500 fundrisaising minimum. Click the "Join my fundraising team" button to sign up.

Find out more about ALS and where your donations are being directed, visit:

Brigance Brigade Foundation: www.brigancebrigade.org
Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins: www.alscenter.org
ALS Clinic at Johns Hopkins: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/specialty_areas/als/

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