Sept. 19, 2003
Curing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) seems like a marathon without an end. However, individuals like Billy Harless are running marathons to accelerate efforts to cure MS. Billy hits the ground running to raise contributions for the Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit accelerating efforts to cure MS.
Billy Harless, a Maryland resident and father of four, was one of the first runners to sign up for the Boston Cure Project and Fitsense "Sense of Purpose" program that encourages runners to raise contributions to fund MS research. Billy's upcoming races include the National Capitol 20-Miler on September 28 in Alexandria, Va. and the Marine Corps Marathon in October 26, Arlington, Va. He most recently ran the tough Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach.
"It doesn't matter if I finish first or in the middle of the pack," says Billy Harless, a solutions architect for Hewlett-Packard by day. "When I run and experience fatigue, I think of people with MS and the pain they feel everyday. With the support of generous individuals and companies, I know we're helping to cure MS every time I pound the pavement."
"As a person with Multiple Sclerosis and the CEO of the Boston Cure Project for MS, we're grateful to Billy and his 'many strides' to cure this debilitating disease," says Art Mellor. "We also extend our gratitude to Billy's supporters and others that back Sense of Purpose. Together we'll cross the finish line."
To support Billy's efforts, checks can be made payable to Boston Cure Project, 13 Belton St., Arlington, Mass. 02474, attention: Billy's Run. To see a photo of Billy in action visit http://www.bostoncure.org Athletes can run or walk in any race, not earmarked for a specific cause, to raise contributions for MS research. Visit Sense of Purpose to sign up today.
Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic neuro-degenerative disorder of the central nervous system affecting over 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2 million individuals worldwide. MS often results in severe disability including the inability to walk, blindness, cognitive dysfunction, bladder and bowel problems, extreme fatigue and other serious side effects.
About Boston Cure Project for MS
The Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing MS by determining its causes. Focused primarily on accelerating the pace of MS breakthroughs, the Boston Cure Project seeks to remove obstacles investigating the causes of MS and encourages collaboration between research organizations and clinicians. It is developing a "Cure Map," a systematic plan of research into the causes of MS, and is implementing a multi-disciplinary Blood, Tissue and Data Bank to accelerate the search for environmental and genetic factors in MS. For more information about the Boston Cure Project or to make a corporate or individual contribution, call 781/788-0880, or visit http://www.bostoncure.org
SOURCE Boston Cure Project for MS
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