October 16th is going to be a pretty great day. Not only will I be running my tenth full marathon at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, but it’ll also be our daughter Mackenzie’s 14th birthday.
Mackenzie is a pretty special kid. If you’ve met her, you already know that. She’s a charming kid with a sparkling personality. She stays positive despite the fact that she has a genetic disorder called Fragile X Syndrome. This is an inherited genetic defect, passed down to her from my wife who is a carrier.
The defect in one of Mackenzie’s X chromosomes causes her to have difficulty learning and also leads to other symptoms for her like anxiety. There’s no real treatment yet, and there’s no cure yet for Fragile X, but there’s research happening to hopefully find a solution that would change her life and the lives of many others who have Fragile X.
The Scotiabank Charity Challenge
Over the years, the Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada has used the Canada Running Series events like the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) to raise a significant amount of money—hundreds of thousands of dollars—that goes directly to research.
I’ve raised money for the Foundation through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the STWM a couple of times now, and I’m doing it again this year as both a dad and a runner. It’s a great way for me to combine my love of running and the marathon with a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.
Thousands of runners at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be raising millions of dollars for the various official charities through their runs. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge has raised over $50 million over the years that flows directly to the various participating charities.
Consider making a donation
I know everyone has a cause that is near and dear to their hearts and the Fragile X Research Foundation is mine. I’d appreciated it very much if you could sponsor me in the upcoming race. It’s super easy to donate online and any contribution over $20 qualifies for a tax receipt in Canada. I’m setting a lofty fundraising goal of $2,000 this year and I’ll need some generous friends to make that happen.
Our whole family and the entire Fragile X community thanks you, the Canada Running Series and Scotiabank for their support and for making this research possible.