Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fighting to CRUSH Lou Gehrig's Disease

Last weekend I attended my Newton North High School class reunion.  One of my classmates, Michael Jaillet has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis  (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  I talked to Mike that night and he was in good spirits. His good attitude inspired and ENEGRIZED me to take action to support him in his fight. That night I talked to a couple of my classmates and we decided that we wanted to do a fundraiser to support Mike.

Two days later on the way back to West Point I watched a Ted Talk by Julie Bernstein titled “4 Lessons in Creativity”. In the talk she shows a picture of a repaired piece of pottery stating "We can look at those cracks because they tell the story we all live of the cycle of creation and destruction....…picking up the pieces and making something new”. .

Watching this made me think of Mike.  I am sure the news devastated him when he learned he had been diagnosed with ALS. But instead of being defeated he demonstrated resilience, picked up the pieces and created the organization MJ’s Army. The primary mission of an army is to fight and defeat an enemy so in order to support MJ’s Army, my classmates and I are planning the MJ5K in the Newton, MA area this spring area to raise money for Mike’s organization.

I am FIRED UP and doing my part to CRUSH ALS!

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