On November 16, I will run my 24th marathon: the Anthem Richmond, Virginia Marathon. As a member of the 50 States Marathon Club, my goal is to complete a marathon in every state. I have never run in support of a cause... until now.
Earlier this year, a terrible tragedy struck the family of my friend Anita McGorty. Her husband Dennis, a former world-class collegiate athlete, was ran over by a landscaping trailer truck while cycling in New Jersey. The accident caused severe injuries to his spine that ultimately left him paralyzed below the waist.
As an elite athlete, Dennis has made extraordinary progress in his recovery. He is back with his family in temporary housing, as their home is being renovated to make access easier for Dennis. Of course, Anita and their two beautiful children are overjoyed to have dad back with them and can't wait to return home.
I frequently run on busy streets while training for my marathons, and at least once a month I have what I consider to be a close call with a moving vehicle. Hearing the news about Dennis made me want to do something to help -- not only because I felt that it could easily have been me who was hit, but also because the McGortys are a wonderful family.
So, I am dedicating my run at the Richmond Marathon to the McGorty family and will be raising money to help them pay for medical expenses and other expenditures the family is facing.
I hope to raise as much money as possible to help the McGortys. Because they believe in this effort and my support of this family, my employer Starcom MediaVest Group, has generously offered to match whatever we raise, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. So, if I can write a check for $5,000 after the marathon, the McGortys will receive $10,000.
Please note that none of the money raised will go to cover my expenses for the race. All donations, minus the fees incurred from Go Get Funding and PayPal, will go directly to the McGorty family after the completion of the race on November 16.
As the race draws closer, I will post updates about my training and progress. I will gladly answer any questions, so please feel free to contact me any time at [email protected].
Thank you in advance for your support!