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Event to raise funds for Lou Gehrig's disease
"When you learn that your father has a deadly disease with no cure and that his body will deteriorate to the point he is completely paralyzed but his mind will remain sharp - it hurts everyday and feels unfair and is hard to stay positive, but my dad being such a source of strength along with my mom have inspired and made me believe anything is possible."
| Marc Levison
Brent Levison was 18 years old when his father, Marc, was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
ALS is short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that kills the nerves that the brain uses to move muscles.
It has no known cure.
Marc has had the disease for more than 19 years - making him one of the longest-lived survivors in the world. He speaks in mumbles and can only move one hand, yet he continues to race around Bexley in his motorized wheelchair.
At 8:30 a.m. Aug. 31, Jeffrey Park will host the 6th Annual Marc Levison 5K Run/Walk for Lou Gehrig's disease.
"Over the past five years, the run has raised $115,000 for research into motor neuron diseases like ALS at Nationwide Children's Hospital," Brent said.
In 2007 alone, the event drew 300 participants and raised $28,000. So far, only 50 participants have signed up; however, most people will wait until the actual event, Brent said.
Donations can be sent to: The Helping Link Foundation c/o Marc Levison Run for ALS, 2740 Fair Ave., Columbus, OH 43209.
To sign up for the race, register at www.premierraces.com/races/marclevison.html.
To become a sponsor for the race, contact Brent at 296-4625 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
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