On April 18, 2011, for the second year in a row, Wake Up Narcolepsy proudly represented narcolepsy in the 115th Boston Marathon. All three runners were inspired by the courage and strength of young adults with narcolepsy in their lives. At the time, two of the runners, Monica Gow and Kim Grady both had 13-year-old sons with narcolepsy. The third, John Leahy was the uncle of a 13-year-old with narcolepsy.
“My son continues to trudge forward, never complaining,” Monica describes, “I know my training pales in comparison to the challenges he faces living with this disorder.”
Not only did the runners undertake arduous training, but they also worked tirelessly for months to raise narcolepsy awareness and research funds.
On race day, they wore matching WUN gear to raise awareness. All finished in impressively quick times. Together, WUN’s 2011 Boston Marathon team raised $30,000 to support cutting-edge narcolepsy research at leading institutions. WUN’s Kim summed up the excitement best:
“From the bottom of my running shoes, I thank you for supporting my efforts to improve my son’s life and the lives of all those living with narcolepsy.”
Wake Up Narcolepsy’s 2011 marathon efforts caught the attention of the media. The Worcester Telegram featured WUN’s Monica Gow in, Running for a Wake Up, by John Conceison, April 3, 2011. The Andover Patch reported on WUN’s Kim Grady inspirational story in the video, Marathon Mom Runs for Her Son, by Matt Porter April 18, 2011. Watch Marathon Videos Here!
View Fundraising Pages of 2011 Marathon Runners: