Tough on Blindness

I’m all in.

To celebrate a certain milestone in my life, I’ll be running the Tough Mudder in Austin, TX in April.  This event is meant to challenge me both physically and metaphysically.  Not only do I want to do something that is greater than myself, I want to accomplish something that is greater than myself as well.

I am taking this opportunity to commit to raising funds for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  Several people that I am close to suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa which is a genetic disease that causes the breakdown of the retinal lines in the back of the eye.   Here is a video describing life with RP.

My goal is to raise $5000, but I can’t do this without your support.  Most of you don’t know me from a blank wall, yet I believe we have a certain connection or you wouldn’t be here reading this.  I beseech you… (implore you? beg you? request?) … OK, seriously, I am strongly desirous that you would share my journey with your family, friends and readers.  I hope to take an important event in my life and turn it into an important event in the lives of many others.  First, hopefully by inspiring you and others to do great things, and second, to contribute to finding a cure for RP.

A friend of mine has helped me create an account where donations can be made.  Tough on Blindness is listed on the YouCaring website.  I hope this will make it easier to spread the word about what I hope to accomplish.

As April gets closer, I’ll be telling you all about how exciting it is to run in freezing rain, blowing and drifting snow.  How much fun it is to work late, run late, eat late and sleep less.  I’ll be telling you how much it sucks doing push ups, pull ups, sit ups…and how much of a complete candy-ass I am.

I’ll also be letting you know the progress of my fund-raising efforts.  Your willingness to support my vision honors me, and I want to honor you in return.

I’m telling you all of this because I’ll need your support, and I’ll want to enjoy your amusement and crusty observations of all that will happen between here and there.  As always…it will be an entertaining ride.