Harold W. Elbert Memorial and Research Races
My father Harold W. Elbert was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 6 years ago. His diagnosis was very frustrating since such little information was available and we didn’t know what to expect. The crackling in his lugs required him to be on oxygen and as that need grew, he tried his darndest not to let this effect his way of life. As the years rolled on and the little things that he had taken for granted got increasingly harder, he continued to fight and he fought hard.
On December 9, 2015 at the young age of 72, our family lost our devoted, fun-loving and kind hearted father. He left behind his amazing wife of 48 years, his 4 children and their families. We were able to let dad know how much we loved him and how dearly we would miss him.
It is my mission to help the doctors and researchers in finding a treatment and eventually a cure for this rare disease that afflicts 132,000 – 200,000 people in the United States. Very often patients with PF are misdiagnosed with other lung diseases, like COPD, and given treatments that are more harmful than beneficial!
In 2016, I will be running to raise awareness and money in the name of the Harold W. Elbert Memorial and Research Fund that will be donated to The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). I am asking you to help me in my quest so other families don't have to feel the way my family felt the last few years, knowing we could do nothing to help our Dad. I will be competing in ten 5k races or other adventure runs and asking that you donate what you can. The amount can be as little as $10 a race or a one-time amount to help me make a difference to the next spouse, mother, father, brother, sister or friend who is diagnosed with this terrible disease, although any amount will get us closer to a cure.
Here is a list of races that I will be competing in:
April 30th - The Heart and Sole Run, Rigby, ID
May 7th - Spring Runoff, Jackson, WY
May 15th - Tough Mudder, Jackson, WY
June 4th - Run and Ride, Wilson, WY
June 19th - Color Dash, Pinedale, WY
June 25th - High Country Trail Run, Dubois, WY
July 16th - Tin Cup Challenge, Driggs, ID
Sept. 10th - Old Bill's Fun Run, Jackson, WY
Not all Race Events have been posted at this time, so this is not a complete list. Check back frequently for posts about how the races are going and see some pictures.