Help Accelerate ALS Research by Supporting Current A2A3 Fundraising Efforts
A2A3′s mission is to raise funds for research toward effective treatments and ultimately a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), while raising awareness of the disease, encouraging physical activity, and building a compassionate community.
The individual, team and project efforts below are current ways to help A2A3 raise the funds that will be donated to ALS research. Thank you for donating – and please consider getting active in your own way to join our effort! Have a fundraising idea? Contact us!
Leah Webber Runs Hard for ALS!
Leah will run the equivalent of FOUR MARATHONS in four months!
Hi I’m Leah Webber, and I, like a few of my friends, will become a bat-mitzvah in the near future (April 2013).
As part of this journey we are encouraged to do a ‘good deed’, mitzvah, or contribute somehow to our community. I like that A2A3 (Ann Arbor Active Against ALS) was started in my neighborhood in response to one of my coaches being diagnosed with ALS. A2A3 not only donates all proceeds it raises to ALS research, but also raises awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) by encouraging and helping people to be more active and strong.
This is exactly the opposite of what this disease does to the bodies of those who have it.
I like being active and hope to get in better shape for field hockey (which is my favorite team sport right now), so thought I’d run to raise money for this great cause.
Since four is my lucky number, and my bat mitzvah is in April, the 4th month of the year, I plan to run four virtual marathons in less than four months, which is 104.8 miles. (If you REALLY want to help even more, send the link to this form to FOUR of your friends!)
From Spartan Stadium to the Big House before the Michigan-MSU football game.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
Hi, my name is Sam Sugerman. Later this year I will take a huge step in my life. I will wake up a boy and fall asleep a man! On December 1, 2012 I will be having my bar mitzvah. All boys and girls, when they are bar or bat mitzvahed, are encouraged to perform a mitzvah (good deed) in their community.
For my mitzvah I have decided to raise money for Ann Arbor Active Against ALS.
On October 20, 2012 my family, friends and I will bike ride 65 miles – on the day of the Michigan v. Michigan State football game.
We will ride from Spartan Stadium to the Big House. All of the money we raise will go to Ann Arbor Active Against ALS to help fight ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease.) I hope that soon we will find a cure for ALS.
Hannah Aronow’s Virtual Channel Swim (will Hannah inspire YOU!?!?)
In October of this year, Hannah Aronow will be a Bat Mitzvah. In preparation for that milestone, she will be doing a mitzvah project. “Mitzvah” is a Hebrew word for good deed. For her mitzvah project, she will be raising money for A2A3 to help find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (also known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease’).
Hannah was very inspired by the Channel for ALS team of women and decided to join them in their effort. After all, they are raising money for a cause she appreciates, inspired by one of her coaches – and she really loves to swim!
“Though I knew I wasn’t going to be able to swim the real English Channel anytime soon, I knew if I set my mind to it I could do something similar. I decided it would be a great mitzvah project to ‘virtually’ swim the Channel. The recommended distance for virtual swimmers is 21 miles; in a pool, this is equal to 1,512 laps.”
“I am looking forward to this opportunity to participate in עולם תיקון “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world) and hope this will be the beginning of many more great charitable experiences to come. With your help, I hope to raise $2100 ($100 per mile)!”
Support Hannah’s effort by donating, or joining yourself.
Susan Rice’s Virtual Channel Swim (and YOU could do this, too!)
A message from Susan:
In July 2012, six women from Ann Arbor, Michigan are swimming the REAL English Channel to increase awareness of ALS and raise money to find a cure. They plan to break the current world record of 18 hours 59 minutes.
They have invited people all over the world to join them by swimming, walking or running in the months leading up to their attempt in July. Currently, they have set a fund-raising goal of $120,000 – but I think that we can do better than that… and I am going to swim my butt off in the hopes of helping them surpass their goal.
My personal goal is $2,100. It’s arbitrary – but if I get to $2,100, that’s $100 per mile.
So… those who know me should, by now, be well aware that…
I. Hate. The. Water. (and the water hates me).
So, I ask you, what could be a better idea than to attempt to swim everyday until I swim the equivalency of the English Channel?!
21 miles=35,200 meters=38,000 yards. That’s roughly 1,600 laps in the pool…
Now before you cry “Impossible, Susan!… Your Tyrannosaurus arms will fall off!!” I will remind you that I’m NOT doing this all at once… I have two months to finish… and it is for a great cause.
Do high-calorie baked goods make you drool? Wish you didn’t have to run so many miles to work off a few sweets? Why not check out some ZERO CALORIE sweet treats from a special new bakery? Give some of your treat money to support A2A3, avoid the calories yourself (and the required exercise), send a personal message, and IMAGINE these awesome (virtual) baked goods being devoured without damaging a single diet plan!
Visit the Baking for Bob online donation form or click the image above to learn more – and we now accept PayPal and credit cards directly!
Channel for ALS: Six Women Swimming for ALS
In July 2012, six women from Ann Arbor, Michigan are swimming the English Channel to increase awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and raise money to find a cure. They are attempting a two-way crossing and their goal is to break the current world record of 18 hours 59 minutes.
Visit www.CHANNELFORALS.org to learn more, to follow along and even share the experience, and to support the cause!