Once again, I’m late with something. This time you can help.
On Sunday, May 22nd. I will once again "run" in the Harpoon 5-Miler to benefit the Angel Fund, and I'm looking for your support. This year, I will once again match the first $500 of your donations. I have run this race since 2012, and although the Angel Fund was always the beneficiary, I did not become aware of the important work they do until my friend and coworker Egide Houndegla was diagnosed with this illness. We assisted him as much as we could to keep at work until he was just too weak to continue. He was soon confined to a bed, gradually diminishing in his ability to speak and move, and we ultimately lost him in Jan 2016. Since then, my friends and colleagues on our team have worked to raise money in his memory for this worthy cause.
Last year, we had to struggle with the reality of virtual-only races, and outright cancellations of many races. This year, I’m not even in the country to participate!
But ALS doesn't stop for overseas travel. We still need your help.
My teammates and I are still working to raise awareness and to help fund research in Egide’s memory through The Angel Fund and the UMASS Medical School's Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research.
This year the Harpoon 5-miler is no longer virtual, but it seems registration is declining, and is taking a corresponding hit to fundraising contributions. It is more important than ever to raise funds for research into battling this disease. No contribution is too small. Please help.