Running for my Dad's life.

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Raised by 320 people in 58 months
On Father's Day 2014, my dad broke the news to me that he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease, typically characterized by rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing.

Anyone who knows my dad may understand the mind-boggling thought of imagining him off the ice or the field. His life is a reflection of his passion for athletics and physical & mental fitness.

It is very important that I communicate how healthy my dad is at present; He has gotten back in the gym and is on a strict diet that has him feeling positive and energetic. He is feeling GOOD.

The problem with ALS is that there is no telling when or how fast it will progress. As it goes, my dad will lose the ability to move his arms and legs and eventually he will be in a wheelchair. Later, he will experience difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. ALS is a devestating disease. The biggest problem being that there is no cure (YET!) 

Times of great stress and adversity have a way of teaching us appreciation, sensitivity and a certain understanding of life. My dad's diagnosis has granted me with absolute gratitude for each movement I am able to make each day. I am officially aware of a reality in which movement in his hands, arms and legs are no longer a life-time guarentee.

I would like to make it clear that my dad was not the only one diagnosed with ALS, our family was diagnosed with ALS. A fatal disease does not only impact the person with the disease, it impacts those around them deeply.

Having moved to Europe to spend a year abroad, it is hard knowing my family is across the world and I am unable to [physically] be there for them. What this geographical disadvantage has provided me with is a lot of free time. Over the last few months I have began running, a lot.

I feel a real emotional pleasure while running because it allows me to explore the realities of my physical and mental limitations and most importantly, push past them. My runs each day provide me with incredible clarity. I often think of my dad and his pain and it motivates me to push further and harder.

In honour of my dad & each and every person who has  been affected by ALS, I have decided to run 4 half-marathons in the next 7 months. I will push my body to healthy limits and work harder than I ever have for all of those who are no longer able to do so.

Every dollar that is contributed towards my goal will go directly towards Bob Acton's Journey with ALS.

I will participate in:
1) Brussels Marathon on October 5th, 2014 (Brussels, Belgium)
2) Kasterlee Half Marathon on November 16th, 2014 (Flanders, Belgium)
3) Central Park 1/2 Marathon on February 22nd, 2015 (New York City, USA)
4) Semi Marathon de Paris on March 8th, 2015 (Paris, France)

Please take the time to educate yourself about the disease to help my family and I spread awareness about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Thank you so much for the love and support.

Avery Acton
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Completed my first two half-marathons! Sunday, October 5th in BRUSSELS, Belgium & Sunday, Novemeber 16th in Kasterlee, Belgium. Both were Amazing experiences. Finished as 59th female overall (1:44 time) in the first. The second was by far the most physically challenging thing I have ever done. Rain, mud, wet lowland forrest- Crazy. Was so happy to cross the finish line at 1:50. Certain that all the unconditional support got me through. Thank you all so much. Next up: NYC half-marathon on February 22nd, 2015.

Love,
Avery
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It would mean so much to me if you could please take a moment out of your day today to vote for my cause! The charity that gets the most votes by Sept 19 will be awarded a $10,000 donation by the Woodbine Entertainment Group. Scroll down & Click "Running For my Dad's Life" on the left sidebar to vote for my cause surrounding my Dad's current battle with ALS. I so appreciate all of the incredible support you all have shown to me and my family

Please share this!

http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/corporate/WEGCares/Pages/default.aspx
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A huge shout out to MooreMcLean Insurance Group. The whole team dedicated their Icebucket Challenge to my Dad. Unfortunately the video won't upload on this platform but I appreciated that clip so much.
Thanks Daryn.
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Please check out the CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Nick Eaves doing an amazing ALS Icebucket Challenge. #WEGcares - Thank you Mr.Eaves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9ze1XgY_y0&feature=youtu.be
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Andrew Wells
57 months ago

Avery, you have done an amazing job for an amazing guy. I was pleased that our own little fundraising effort in Toronto was able to contribute to your world wide effort. Keep running for that cure!!!!

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Vicki Howden Gallant
58 months ago

What a wonderful thing for a special daughter to do Avery! Run run, all the best from all of us Avery

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Elayne Acton
58 months ago

The Acton Family is very Proud of what you have taken on for your Dad. You have all our love and support . Good Luck with the marathons Avery. Much Love Always.

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Sharon Wright
58 months ago

You go Avery...and I shall not only be thinking of you on each of your marathon dates but working to help with your mission. Lots of love from Andrew and me.

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Raised by 320 people in 58 months
Created August 11, 2014
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AJ
$400
Andy Johnstone
50 months ago

Donation from all the kids on the Ted Reeve Atom AA Team. Thanks for coming out this weekend and for everything you've done for us!! On and off the ice!!

PL
$100
Pete Lux
50 months ago
RF
$200
Randy + Debbie Fitzsimmons
50 months ago
$100
Susan Campbell
51 months ago

The half was run by many in Paris. ALS and you took part in spirit via Felix who sucessfully finished in under 2 hours. PS. your room still awaits your return. x

TV
$100
The Vinks
53 months ago

Only recently learned of Bob's diagnosis. The whole family sends the Acton family our positive thoughts and big hugs. Take good care of each other, Susan, Jan, Jessica & Daniel

PH
$50
Peter & Cheryl Hoffmann
53 months ago
SW
$50
Stephen Wickens
53 months ago
GA
$250
Garnet, Laurie, Curtis and Natalie Anderson
53 months ago

Our best wishes to the Acton family!

JB
$50
Jen Barr
53 months ago

Keep up the great work Avery! Merry Christmas to you and your family! - Jen Barr

BI
$100
Brenda Irving
54 months ago

Keep on running Avery! Brenda, Derek and Tommy

Andrew Wells
57 months ago

Avery, you have done an amazing job for an amazing guy. I was pleased that our own little fundraising effort in Toronto was able to contribute to your world wide effort. Keep running for that cure!!!!

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Vicki Howden Gallant
58 months ago

What a wonderful thing for a special daughter to do Avery! Run run, all the best from all of us Avery

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Elayne Acton
58 months ago

The Acton Family is very Proud of what you have taken on for your Dad. You have all our love and support . Good Luck with the marathons Avery. Much Love Always.

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Sharon Wright
58 months ago

You go Avery...and I shall not only be thinking of you on each of your marathon dates but working to help with your mission. Lots of love from Andrew and me.

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