Sunday, April 25, 2010

What Would You Do?

What would you do?

What would you do if you found out a friend had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease? A friend with a young wife and five children? Would you awkwardly say “Let me know if there is anything I can do”? Would you stop coming to visit, uncomfortable with his worsening condition?

I recently met three men, no; three heroes in that situation who decided to do a lot more than that. They decided to organize a race with all of the proceeds going to help their friend and his family. Not just any race. A Ragnar Relay-style race, 200 km race from Brooklyn to the Catskills. (If you have never heard of the Ragnar Relay you have to take a look on Youtube and see what it is about). They are looking for 100 runners to make up the 10 teams who will compete in this race. Each runner commits to raising at least $1000. They are looking for volunteers and sponsors as well. They have been hard at work hiring a race director and other staff, with all of the costs coming out of their pockets. They have put in so much time that they have lost track.

I once heard a story of a rabbi who addressed a large group of people who were about to pray for the Jews who had been taken hostage in Entebbe. He told them to pray as if it was their own family.

I am asking for more than that though. Of course, the family can use your prayers. They need more than that though. They need you to be the answer to their prayers. They need you to act as if they are your family. I want you to join me in being partners with those three men and their organization JRunners to help the family.

Things that need to be done:
• Sign up for the race (Men only)
• Volunteer
• Become a sponsor or get your company to sponsor
• Share this message with everyone you know. (Not a runner? Not in the NY/NJ
area? Doesn’t matter. Maybe they will share it with someone who is. Maybe they
will volunteer or become a sponsor). My goal is that at least 5000 people read this

I was wrong. The question is not “what would you do?” The real question is;

For more information about the race and the cause please click here

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