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2020 will be my first Harpoon 5 Miler - Virtual or otherwise. I am very excited to become involved with The Angel Fund, as ALS has affected my family and me immensely. I have joined the 2020 Boston Marathon Team Challenge ALS to honor my dear old dad, George. Dad competed in dozens of marathons as a younger man, finishing the 1978 Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes.
Around six years ago, my dad successfully beat stage 3 cancer. He showed incredible strength and determination in enduring the chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and extensive surgery that it took to rid his body of cancer. I competed in my first two marathons as a sort of tribute to him while he was going through these treatments in 2014.
But today Dad fights a new battle against a new foe: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease (fitting, as he's a Yankees fan . . . nobody's perfect). ALS was made infamous by the Ice Bucket Challenge a number of year ago. A lot of money was raised through those efforts, and significant advancements in the fight against ALS were made because of that money. But there is still no cure for ALS, and there is a long way to go before one can be developed. That is why I am teaming up with both The Angel Fund and the ALS Association, and running to defeat ALS . . . and I need your help! Every little bit helps - my own kids, Olivia and Kellen, were the very first to contribute to this campaign, both donating a whole week's allowance to the cause! Whether you are able to donate $1, $100, or anything in between (or more!), please know that every penny will be sincerely appreciated by me, my family, and the ALS community as a whole: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/alsama2020/toddliming1
Finally, I'll be sharing my training progress, my running exploits around Boston, and our experiences with ALS on Instagram, so check me out there: @todd_runs_boston
Thank you for taking an interest in my family's story, and of course, please feel free to share with anyone and everyone who might be interested. Thanks again!