On November 6, 2016, I run the New York City Marathon.
And I want to raise $26,200 for the "Lila Kate Memorial Fund".
My name is Chris Attig. I'm a Veteran, a lawyer, a blogger, a husband, and a Dad.
I'm also a runner.....and the 2016 NYC Marathon will be my FIRST marathon.
When I found out I was picked to run the marathon, I knew right away that I wanted to use the run as a chance to raise money for the Lila Kate Memorial Fund.
The Fund gets much needed resources to the organizations and people that are helping children with Special Needs here in Arkansas.
I'd like to ask you to donate $26.20 - one dollar for each mile I'm going to run - to support this fabulous cause.
Your donation goes directly to the Lila Kate Memorial Fund - and they are a registered 501(c)(3), so your donation is tax-deductible too.
Thank you for your support - and be sure to follow my progress on Facebook.
Lila Kate McAlister was born in 2010 with Down Syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, and a heart defect.
For Lila Kate - "LK" - simple illnesses such as the common cold were a constant source of concern for her family.
Despite all the obstacles Lila Kate faced in the first 4 1/2 years of her live, she showed the world that the impossible was possible.
Lila lived a remarkable life - she lived with courage, she lived with love and she touched the hearts and lives of all people who met her.
On January 10, 2015, Lila Kate passed away.
Her family founded the "Lila Kate Memorial Fund" - a 501(c)(3) non-profit - continues to remember LK by holding an annual commemorative 5K race every March, and by raising funds for organizations such as Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association.
Through their work, they continue to show us that the impossible is possible, and that no matter the obstacles, we can all live with courage and unconditional love.
Because donations to the Lila Kate Memorial Fund go DIRECTLY to groups that help Arkansans with "special-needs" children. In real time.
Sure, I could run for a big national non-profit - but I never know if the donations really help the people that need them, or if they just go to run the non-profit.
The "I Love LK Memorial Fund" is a registered 501(c)(3), and donations go directly to causes like the ones listed below.
* Arkansas Children's Hospital (some of the best pediatrics specialists in our state).
* Arkansas Down Syndrome Association
* Angels of Arkansas (Hot Springs Down Syndrome Ass'n)
* Central Arkansas Buddy Talk (Arkansas Regional Down Syndrome Parents' Resource Group)
* United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas
* Miracle League of Garland County
I speak from experience when I tell you that the above groups make a real difference in people's lives every single day.
They all make the impossible....possible.
We all have someone in our life that has taught us that the impossible was possible, or that taught us what unconditional love is.
Commemorate that person with your donation of $150 or more - not only will I run a mile in their memory, but I'll print their name on the back of the shirt I'll wear during the race.
And if you'd like, tell me a story about your loved one and I'll share their story with everyone that visits this page.
Mile 25: Lila Kate McAlister
Mile 26: Lila Kate McAlister
A huge "Thank You" to these businesses, whose generous donations are making this fund-raiser possible.