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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a serious and progressive disease. This disease attacks the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The muscles in the body stop working, and the disease leads to death.

There was an event March 6 at Riverside Park to raise money to help find a cure for the disease. The husband of a woman with the disease helped the UHV soccer team with our “Rage at the Cage” match. We were asked by our coach to do the 5K run, which is about 3.2 miles, to show some support, and I figured that was the least I could do. I mean, soccer does require me to run a lot. It is a good thing to give back to the community.

It was a hot and humid Sunday afternoon, but I didn’t mind the heat. The race started off well, but a lot of people took off pretty fast. I knew I was going to catch up to them, so I kept a constant pace. Eventually after one mile, everyone started falling back like I figured they would, so I just kept the same pace and picked it up a bit toward the end. I placed in the race, which is completely irrelevant to me, because I wasn’t doing it for that purpose. I just wanted to give back to someone who helped out my team. It was good to help and show support from the UHV team.

Hopefully the man who helped the UHV soccer team and his wife are doing OK. Cheers to my soccer family − Rommel, Rudy, Israel, Jael, and Courtney − who went out and ran the race with me. Glad to see they went out and showed love.