On November 4, Shawn Forman ran the 36th Annual Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Ultra Marathon with his best friend Joe to raise money and awareness for the Amyloidosis Foundation. The 50 mile course is a physically challenging combination of roads, jeep trails, and single track that can cause even the most experienced runner to breathe a sigh of relief at the finish line in Montebello, VA.
As we all know, amyloidosis is a rare disease that often goes undiagnosed until its too late for treatment. This was the case with Shawn’s mother, Kathy, who suffered for over seven months, and was sent from one doctor to another without a diagnosis. After they finally found an excellent doctor that diagnosed her with amyloidosis, she passed away one month later in 2011.
Since her passing, Shawn was ready to dedicate himself to completing an ultra marathon and raising funds to support the Amyloidosis Foundation. His race was phenominal – he finished in under 10 hours (#63 out of 278, 90 of which didn’t finish the race).
A total of 28 friends and family donated to his online fundraiser, raising $1684.
Thank you Shawn and Joe for your strength and committment for amyloidosis patients. As Shawn says, “Making patients and doctors aware is the only way to make progress with a rare disease like this. It was an amazing feeling to push my body that far, and being able to raise money for a cause that means so much to all of us who have been affected by this horrible disease. I’m so happy we were able to greatly surpass the goal I set ($1,000), and just as important, raise awareness for the disease.”