Mr. David S Wilson
On May 6, 2017, I will be participating in the Packard Center's Fiesta 5K and Fun Run! All proceeds from the event will benefit the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins.
Read my story below. "My touch with ALS"
The Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins is a non-profit organization devoted solely to finding treatments and a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It's a unique organization on the cutting edge of ALS research and a worthy charity. The Packard Center is supported entirely by philanthropy, and needs our help. Currently there is no cure…help us give hope!
"My Touch with ALS"
My first touch with ALS was a friend of mine Tim McGehee was diagnosed in June of 2006. We were in High school together and after school we raced cars together. Always had a close friendship. Tim passed away in March of 2007.
In May of 2007 The Robert Packard Center for ALS research at John Hopkins in Baltimore Maryland created the Packard Center Fiesta 5K. As an annual fund raiser for ALS research. At the first 5K. I walked in memory of Tim. As I was walking I thought to myself. I should be running this! Being my first 5K ever. I made a commitment to run the 5K the following year.
In February of 2008 I started my training. Then in May at the 2nd annual Fiesta 5K I ran and completed the race. Running the 5K race. I was hooked on the competitive side of running.
This started my running in what I find mind clearing. Good for the body and soul. I have never missed a Fiesta 5k. And completed uncounted 5K`s, 10K`s, 1/2 marathons. I ran my first marathon in October of 2010 in Baltimore. After my marathon I signed up again to run the Baltimore marathon in October of 2011.
On September 18, 2011 I had a tragic tractor-mower accident. Nearly losing my left foot. Leaving me unable to run in October. Saddened by the fact I might not ever run again. I could only watch the marathon on TV. While watching I could remember every street, every intersection. I realized I needed to be the best I could be. With what I have.
After a long recovery and rehab. I ran my first 5K since my injury. In May of 2012 The Packard Center Fiesta 5K. Then completed the Baltimore marathon 13 months after my injury.
After my foot injury I focused more on cycling. Competing in Duathlons (includes cycling and running), many century (100 mile) rides. Including riding from my house in Woodbine Maryland to Ocean City Maryland 4 times. Over 140 miles one way. I would ride to meet my friends in OC. I have completed the one way trip in under 11 hours.
All this not being enough. I wanted to complete a triathlon. A triathlon includes swimming, biking and running. Though I was not a swimmer. I signed up for swimming instruction. The first day my instructor Maria told me "jump in the pool and show me what you got". After I struggled to swim one length of the pool. Maria said "we have a lot to work on". Three months later I completed a sprint triathlon. A sprint triathlon consists of a 400 meter swim, 14 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. I have completed multiple sprint triathlons. My other triathlons include one Olympic distance (.9 mile swim, 24 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run) and 2 half ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run).
One of my greatest achievement was completing the Savageman triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 55.7 mile bike,and 13.1 mile run) in Deep Creek Maryland. In the Savageman bike portion. Is an area called the Westernport wall. If you complete this section without getting off the bike. Your name gets imprinted on a brick and placed in the street. A cycling friends tells me this section is a 31 degree incline. Savageman in March of 2010 was rated the hardest race on earth by triathlete.com. Then again in July 2015 was named the toughest triathlon by livestrong.com.
On October 15, 2016 I ran the Baltimore marathon again. Then on November 6, 2016 I participated in the NYC marathon. Which was a dream of mine since running my first marathon.
These events lead to my greatest physical achievement. On January 7, 2017 I completed a Full Distance Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run). Finishing first in my age group.
I have a lot of great achievements. And some hard obstacles in my life. But none greater and tougher than the one I`m facing now. On September 9, 2016 I was given the offical diagnois by my doctor I have ALS. Also known as Lou Gehrig diease.
I completed the Savageman 70.0, 1/2 ironman nine days after this news. Then in October ran a marathon in Baltimore. The NYC marathon in November. And on January 7,2017 a Full Distance Triathlon (which is known as an Ironman distance). And will continue to compete in many events until I am unable.
Now you know my story. I want everyone who reads this to realize. You never know what tomorrow will bring. So live life to day !
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.
"I want to inspire people. I want people to look at me and say that because of you, I didn’t give up.”
Finishing up I`d like to quote Lou Gehrig "So I close in saying I might have been given a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for".
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Our efforts will help make a big difference!
Be your best everyday !
Thank you !