...and this is why
Meet Matt Toole. He has been courageously battling ALS for the last few years with the love and support of his wife, Karen and their two children, Regan, 14 and Paddy, 13. Matt needs 24-hour care, yet remains optimistic despite the fact that he cannot use his arms or legs. "I can still talk, swallow and breathe," Toole said. "Faith is a big part of it." Despite his faith and optimism, the cost of equipment and caregiving is astronomical and insurance doesn't cover caregiving expenses.
Meet Daryl May, an Elmhurst resident who has battled Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer) for several years. Although the stem cell transplant was a success and he is making progress in his fight, he continues to need extensive medical care. As a lifelong athlete, and given his prior cancer treatment, Darryl knows well the commitment required to win this battle and faces this challenge with grace and tenacity. He is a one-time cancer survivor already, having beat testicular cancer 14 years ago and joyfully celebrated five-years cancer free in 2006 by qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon. Unfortunately though, a new cancer diagnosis surfaced in the form of multiple myeloma in 2009. At the time of his nominations, Daryl was undergoing re-staging following his third (and first donor) stem cell transplant, triple-organ failure and graft versus host cell rejection issues. As he moves into the unknown world of long-term disability after prolonged years of incurring medical expenses, No Frills Fun Run and its caring participants provide encouragement and hope. --> Click to read more about Daryl.
Meet Marshall Bell, a student at Lincoln Elementary in Elmhurst who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age 6. Duchenne is a genetic disorder that deteriorates the muscular tissue. Despite Marshall's physical challenges he has an amazing disposition. He has many friends, is a great student, loves sports and always wears a smile. --> Click to read more about Marshall.
Meet Kira Spedale, a 12 year old triplet and student at Visitation School. Kira battled a brain tumor known as DIPG for 17 months. Sadly, Kira lost her battle to DIPG but she showed us what it meant to be fearless in the face of life’s challenges, how to be happy and positive, and how to always have hope. She is loved and will always be in the hearts of the No Frills runners and friends. --> Click to read more about Kira.