A challenge, sure. However, we choose to run this year for a cause that many people are not familiar with. However NRatched being a nurse, deals with on a daily basis. Hepatitis C (HCV). The first misconception is that HCV is transmitted only through drug use.
Some quick facts:
-HCV is listed as one of the top five diseases missed by medical professionals. Of middle aged adults, 2.3% of the population is infected with this virus.
-HCV is usually diagnosed only when irreversible liver damage (cirrhosis) is established.
-HCV infects all races, genders, and across all socioeconomic backgrounds. Young women, average age 24 years old, are the fastest growing segment currently being diagnosed with HCV. This is not all due to drug use, but due to lack of understanding the transmission methods for this virus.
-At least one-third and up to a half of infected children acquired infection during the pregnancy from positive mothers.
So, NRatched and I have chosen to run for a charity called Bosco's Buddies, (a 501c3) which distributes it's charity funds to various organizations to promote HCV awareness and research which include the American Cancer Society, American Liver Foundation, National Liver Transplant Assistance Fund, and the Hep C foundation.
We've pledged to raise $5,000, which, is almost as much of a challange as our training plans, 45 mile per week running schedule, and planned diets (don't worry, still good stuff and don't worry, still good pictures!!)
If any one on here would like to support our efforts, below is a link to our (tax deductable) donation page. In return, I promise to keep everyone posted on our training, and specifically our diet and cooking!
a post of mine wouldn't be complete without some pictures!
Wish us luck!
P.S. One of our fundraising efforts will be to host either a dinner at our place or a BBQ....in which I'll be reaching out to you guys again (and of course taking some pics!)