Running for a Cure

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On May 25, the Orange County chapter of the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association pushed Megan Mishork, a 25-year-old wheelchair patient with ALS, through the LA Marathon to raise awareness for ALS.

Oakley’s Erica Anderson ran the marathon alongside Megan, pushing her through Mile 15 to symbolize the 15 years since her father passed away from ALS.

“Pushing someone through a marathon gives you a feeling unlike anything else," says Anderson. “Hundreds of people run past and slow down to pat you on the back or give you thumbs up. The spectators start cheering like crazy. You forget about the petty things in life and realize that this is life. It’s about making the most of now, before it’s gone.”

Megan and the 26 runners wore hand painted Oakley Flak Jackets with ALS etchings during the race, which started at Universal Studios in Hollywood and finished in downtown LA at 3rd Street and Flower Street.

The Chapter has pushed a local survivor through the LA Marathon since 2000.

“We will keep doing this event each year to keep raising awareness about ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” says Anderson. "My Dad may have lost his battle with this devastating disease, but I will never give up.”

The Orange County Chapter was founded in 1987 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and their caregivers. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. The ALS Association covers all the bases — research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — in providing help and hope to those facing the disease.