First and foremost, thank you.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page, for donating and for participating in the Hartford Marathon weekend (either by helping us raise money or by running!)
Every dollar we raise goes toward the A-T Children's Project, for those fighting this rare, degenerative, fatal disease ... and in memory of my amazing, heroic cousin, Joe Kindregan.
For 27 years, Joe battled ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T for short), facing the illness with dignity, grace, courage and a great sense of humor.
He fought hard and beat many odds before succumbing to the disease in July 2015.
He met some very interesting people along the way (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were some of his closest friends), always attracting a crowd because that's just who Joe was ... Fun, sociable and great company.
Joe and Ben even went in front of Congress together. Joe and his family have been on various talk shows and in many publications (Rosie O'Donnell, People Magazine, Access Hollywood) all in an effort to find a cure for A-T and to spread the word about this horrible disease.
Joe really was an inspiration. He taught me, and others, so much about how to really live life, hint: keep smiling!
He taught our extended family that in crisis we come together and we support each other, we don't run away....
Speaking of running .. He's the reason I run! I started running half marathons for him about 12 years ago. And now I ask that you join me, or support me in my next race:
Hartford Half Marathon, Oct. 10.
Race details here: http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/
To learn more about A-T, read below!
IF YOU RAISE $200+, you get a free A-T tshirt. If you don't raise $200, please wear red for A-T and in Joe's honor! Thank you for your donation and/or for running with me!