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Harpoon has always valued bringing people together and giving back to the community. So when the idea to start a charity road race was suggested in 2001, it seemed a natural fit. Thanks to a group of passionate, charitable Boston Marathon runners, (and Harpoon beer drinkers!), a volunteer committee was formed to bring the idea to life.
When it came down to choosing the beneficiary, ALS research struck a chord with Harpoon’s co-founders, since one of Harpoon’s founding investors, Gordon Heald, suffered from ALS. With a Harpoon Festival in June, and the tents already in place, 2002 was the inaugural year of the event.
Thanks to the City of Boston, the race has grown each year since, and to date, Harpoon has raised $2 million for the Angel Fund. We hope to continue this growth, to help find a cure for ALS and for the Harpoon 5-Miler to become a staple on the Boston events calendar.
The Angel Fund for ALS Research is an independent nonprofit charity benefiting ALS research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMASS Medical School in Worcester.
Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. and his team at UMass Medical School are working on amazing cutting-edge research turning off mutant genes that cause ALS and bringing the research to HUMAN TRIALS. There has never been such promising research than that which is happening right now in the lab. So much is being done with innovative approaches toward a treatment.
ALS is a progressive and ultimately fatal neurological disease that attacks the motor neurons in the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. The resulting motor neuron loss causes increasingly debilitating paralysis as the muscles of the body waste away. Death comes when victims lose critical functions such as the ability to swallow and ultimately, to breathe.
ALS is particularly insidious because the intellect remains intact while ALS victims gradually lose the ability to control their muscles, to communicate, and eventually to breathe. There is no known cure for ALS, and death usually occurs in 2 to 5 years.
Thank you for any help you can provide in our fight against this devastating disease. For more information, please visit www.theangelfund.org.
Click here to make a donation now, or try your luck at The Angel Fund Raffle on race day!