I am in the middle, OK about a third of the way through a book titled, “You are an Ironman” which is shared stories of six individuals not only about their lives but their journey to completing their first ever Ironman. As many individuals who push themselves to extremes also reach out and fundraise for their preferred organizations, one of the individuals in this book has provided me with an idea that will hopefully stimulate you to share this blog and to make a donation to one of the charities.
The idea, I will wear a T-Shirt on the day of the event with names of individuals that you provide. Make any size donation to a charity and email me what name you want on the shirt. I will do this as a reminder for myself that there is support and I am not only putting myself through the challenge of completing a 100 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run to raise awareness for my Grandfather but for everybody suffering from Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis.
- Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.
- An estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease.
Approximately 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. World-wide, MS affects about 2.5 million people. Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require U.S. physicians to report new cases, and because symptoms can be completely invisible, the numbers can only be estimated.
Did you know this many people where effected by these ailments?
Do you know a person who is effected by either one?
Do you have $10, $20 or maybe even $100 that you can donate to a great cause?
Have that person recognized as we join together to raise the awareness by making a donation and their name will not only be placed on the shirt but also tattooed on my heart and in my mind as motivation to continue on.