run because

Not well known, Meniere's is a disorder of the inner ear that affects hearing and balance and causes vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. It is unpredictable and difficult to diagnose and manage. Meniere’s is also progressive. Unfortunately, the cause of Meniere’s Disease is currently unknown—so is a possible cure.
run because is partnered with the American Hearing Research Foundation and 100% of donations go toward Meniere's research. As a result of their partnership, the American Hearing Research Foundation has funded additional Meniere's research grants.
Katie Mertz founded run because to raise money by running half marathons, with the goal of running one in each state plus D.C. To date, she has run 30 races and raised over $77,000 for Meniere's research.
“I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who cannot run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them. I know they would do the same for me.” ((anonymous))

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  • Mary Schmelzer
    • $50 
    • 24 d
  • David Murray
    • $15 
    • 1 mo
  • Katie Mertz
    • $6,995 
    • 1 mo
  • Richard Mayer
    • $3,303 
    • 1 mo
  • Ann Brock
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
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Katie Mertz
Milwaukee, WI
American Hearing Research Foundation
Registered nonprofit
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