Why I Run...
I started running last year for a few reasons: to get in shape, to connect with my sister who is an avid runner, and to help with general life anxiety that I had been dealing with. Having spent much of 2021 researching and learning about Bitcoin, I have decided that in honor of OG Bitcoiner/cypherpunk Hal Finney, I will be will be participating in the Running Bitcoin Challenge to Defeat ALS.
Hal Finney was an amazing human who was integral to maintaining and supporting the Bitcoin network in it's early days, and we are forever indebted to his service. Hal's favorite run was the half-marathon. Being mostly a 5k runner this felt a tad daunting to undertake without the proper training, so I plan on running 21K over the course of a few runs this week.
I run to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness for the urgency to find treatments and a cure.
What is ALS?
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of it's ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.
Why We Need Your Help
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
1. The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
2. Every 90 minutes someone in this country is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease.
3. ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease. Someone you know or love may die from ALS unless a cure is found.
4. Caring for a loved one with ALS costs on average of $200,000 each year.