Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Genzyme Marathon Team Runs for Rare Diseases
Genzyme Marathoners Raise Funds and Awareness for Rare Diseases
Two Run Boston Marathon in Honor of Niemann-Pick Disease Type B
A team of runners from Genzyme Corporation competed in the 2010 Boston Marathon this spring, raising approximately $25,000 for the National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD).
Each runner or pair of runners raced in honor of someone affected by a rare disease, and two of the marathoners were matched up with Collin and Cohen Parody, both affected by Niemann-Pick Disease Type B. The runners wore shirts with a photo of the boys, and ran in their name.
The runners spoke of their excitement and sense of meaning in running in honor of a specific individual affected by a rare disease.
As one runner commented, "I just have to say that working on this has made the experience so much more significant for me. Besides putting a human connection on the whole venture, it puts what we’re doing in perspective.... The fundraising and awareness are as much a part of this – if not more so – than the running is now. And that’s saying a lot, considering we’re runners! "
For all the latest news from the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, visit www.nnpdf.org.