A Hundred Ways to Help
Dear friends, co-workers, and family,
If you haven't heard about it already, I'm going to be running the Leadville 100 on August 21st, 2011. Its a 100-mile race that follows the infamous Leadville trail and is known as one of the most brutal ultramarathons out there. Of course, this will be my first ultramarathon so its obvious to "go big or go home." I have now been training for over 4 months, and aside from all the personal satisfaction I will get from attempting and hopefully finishing this race, I decided to go a little further.
Please read about my cause below as I hope to turn my one hundred mile race into a way to help in a hundred different ways. YAI is a non-profit company that provides services for developmentally disabled people in the greater Northeast USA.
Each year thousands of children are born with a developmental delay or disability. Some are identified at birth, while other disabilities aren't apparent till they get older. The term "developmental disability" covers a broad range of diagnoses that include intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and learning disabilities.
YAI is a company dedicated to providing services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Whether it may be funding and creating schools and programs geared towards developmentally disabled children, or helping design homes with developmentally disabled residents in mind, YAI has been helping those in need since 1957. Since its inception, the YAI network has grown to serve over 20,000 people of all ages in the East Coast area.
If you have gotten this far, I know you truly believe in my goal to finish this race, and understand the group I am looking to support. Make a donation of any amount, every little bit counts, and to make it interesting, perhaps pledge an amount for each mile I finish. Even $0.50 a mile would go a long way when I finish this race!
While I will be flying out to Colorado August 13, 2011, I can be reached on my cell phone (732) 977-2265. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or just want to know how my training is going!
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