On December 26, 2014, my goddaughter, Evelyn Grace Spytek, passed away due to complications following a CMV related surgery. In her memory and in support of the National CMV Foundation, I will be running the New York City Marathon on November 4, along with several former Michigan teammates and CMV parents.
As a former NFL offensive lineman, I am not exactly built for marathon running. But I have put in hundreds of training miles and am 100% committed to raising funds for the National CMV Foundation and I hope that you will support me. Your gift will be important, impactful and tax deductible.
Important: CMV is common, serious and preventable. 40,000 children are born with CMV every year, making CMV the leading viral cause of preventable birth defects.
Impactful: The National CMV Foundation goals are to create awareness, share information about CMV prevention strategies and conduct community outreach initiatives, in addition to empower women to take charge of their health by giving them the tools they need before and during pregnancy.
Tax deductible: Your donation is tax deductible and you will automatically be emailed a receipt once after you donate.
I have been friends with Evelyn's parents, John and Kristen, for almost 20 years and could not be more proud to compete for such an important cause in memory of a truly special little girl. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to know Evelyn Grace, and her spirit is being carried on through the dedicated work of the National CMV Foundation.
Please read on to find out about how you can help the National CMV Foundation eliminate this terrible disease.
What is Compete 4 CMV? Compete 4 CMV is a series of community based events raising charitable contributions for the National CMV Foundation. Those who choose to run, bike, swim or compete for this cause, shall be known as our CMV Crusaders. The National CMV Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness, providing access to resources, and sharing prevention information to help eliminate congenital CMV. Learn more at www.nationalcmv.org.
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