Run the Pescadero race for Free!
We are partnering with ALS to raise funds for their cause! Raise $500 and you and your pooch run for free.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rare neurological disease that mainly involves the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement. Voluntary muscles produce movements like chewing, walking, and talking. The disease is progressive, meaning the symptoms get worse over time. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt, or reverse, the progression of the disease. Most people with ALS die from respiratory failure, usually within 3 to 5 years from when the symptoms first appear. However, about 10 percent of people with ALS survive for 10 or more years. So, why did we partner with ALS TDI? A local dog walker came to us a few months back asking if she could run the race for charity. She wanted to honor her husband, Vince Murray, who passed away from the disease in July of 2016. Glynis and Vince were passionate dog people, starting their own dog walking and pet sitting company. So, as we spoke with Glynis, we figured out a way to honor Vince and his love for dogs and raise funds to help end ALS! Glynis and Vince were already partnered with ALS TDI.
Their Mission: The ALS Therapy Development Institute and its scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. We are the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by people with ALS and drug development experts, we understand the urgent need to slow and stop this disease.
ALS is not an incurable disease. It is an underfunded one.
Vince and Glynis Murray
Vince was diagnosed with ALS two days before our wedding on June 10, 2015. Unfortunately, Vince knew all too well what was to come, as his mother had passed away from ALS several years before. Only 10% of the people that get ALS have it as a genetic mutation, and the fact that his disease started in his diaphragm, made him a one in a million! I knew that the day I met him! He lost the ability to breath on his own rather quickly and then the ability to walk, and then to hold up his head. His disease was vicious and rapid. He passed away just 13 months after being diagnosed. What we both learned from this disease, is that no matter what is thrown at us, we faced it together. And as hard as the obstacle that we had in front of us, we knew we could do it together! So, I had decided to start doing Obstacle Races to symbolize our struggles and triumphs. So, why not with our beloved dog, Dublin, who was starting to train to become his service dog. Our family is made of Gladiators. We may have lost him, but Dublin & I continue to fight to end ALS.