Brother to Run in Marathon for "Motivating Miles"
Thursday, September 23, 2010


A letter from Boston Center controller Mike Blake:


Hello everyone,

I am writing to tell you that I am running in the Chicago marathon on October 10, 2010 in honor of a remarkable cause. I am running for an organization called Motivating Miles, which was started by a friend of mine and his mother two years ago. 

A couple of years ago, their family was faced with a diagnoses of three cancer cases in one week. At the time, all of these cancers were inoperable. Many times, when families are faced with situations like this they are overwhelmed and their thoughts are glazed over with melancholy... the freshest memory of the loved one being the course of their illness upon their passing. This organization wants to change that. They want to create one last incredible, happy family memory. Many times families cannot take the time to plan a family event or their funds quickly dwindle to nothing from the healthcare bills and the traveling expenses to visit their dying family member. Motivating Miles also wants to change that.

The next "journey," as Motivating Miles calls it, is in honor of a 6-year-old with Batten disease. You may not be familiar with the disease because it is incredibly rare. It is a fatal neurodegenerative disease. This 6-year-old has already gone completely blind and will die in just a short time. Motivating Miles has been working with this family to plan a family reunion. Motivating Miles is responsible for the planning specific to the event, including covering traveling expenses for the family members to travel from across the country to share this experience. Another upcoming "journey" is in honor of a 34-year-old woman recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Motivating Miles is currently considering options for her family experience. 

It's comforting to know that people like Caleb and Sarah (co-founders) could someday make a difference in my own family's life. You never know when fatal illness could strike home, literally. I have been witness to the organization's efforts in helping families. Their work is truly inspiring!

I am not just asking for your money (any small donation would suffice), I am trying to spread the word on the work this fine organization is accomplishing.  


Donations can be made here: http://www.firstgiving.com/michaelblake1

Motivating Miles Web site for more info: http://www.motivatingmiles.org/


Thank you,

Mike Blake
NATCA Local ZBW