Today's guest post is courtesy of Nate Hinchey, Communications Manager for Prize4Life.
In 16 years with the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig played in 2,164 games. From 1925 to 1939, he played in 2,130 consecutive games. He played sick, and he played hurt. He played through slumps and stardom. Whenever Gehrig’s number was called, he stepped up to the plate. You aren’t born with a nickname like ‘The Iron Horse;’ you have to earn it. For 14 years, there was no force on heaven or earth that could keep Henry Louis Gehrig from playing baseball.
And then, on May 2nd, 1939, after months of steadily declining performance, Lou benched himself and ended his streak. In June of that year, he received the diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS. Lou Gehrig’s disease. He would never play again.
More than 70 years later, there is still no cure for ALS. That’s why Prize4Life was founded. Our CEO was diagnosed with the disease in 2004 at the age of 27. He knew that existing resources and research were not enough—something was needed to bring new minds and new money into the fight. Our model fills that need. Prize4Life offers large, cash prizes for targeted scientific breakthroughs that will help accelerate the search for a cure.
On Sunday, October 24th, we will host our second annual 5K4Life, a road race aimed at raising awareness and funds to help us achieve our mission and bring us closer to eradicating ALS once and for all.
The race will take place at 11AM in Cambridge Center. There will be food, refreshments, music, gifts, and prizes for the top finishers and fundraisers. For more information, or to register for the race, visit www.5k4life.org.
Today, 30,000 Americans have ALS. Most will die within 3 years. The disease will strip from them all voluntary muscle movement. They will not be able to feed themselves, let alone run.
But you can. Stand in solidarity with the patients and families struggling with this disease, and join us on October 24th.
Upon his death, Gehrig’s wife Eleanor said, “It was strange because there was no particular reason to keep playing without a break, no particular compulsion–except the fascination to add one more day, one more week, whatever you lost.”
As long as there is no cure for ALS, the reason seems clear: one more day, one more week may be all some people have. But we can change that.
For more information on Prize4Life, visit us at www.prize4life.org.