First Giving - Arash Najafi Raises over $4k For the Boom Esiason Foundation

Arash Najafi set out to raise $3,000 for the Boomer Esiason Foundation at the 2012 ING NYC Marathon and surpassed his goal, raising $4,437! The Boomer Esiason Foundation is committed to increasing awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure.

 

Read his mission below:

My Dearest Friends, Family & Colleagues,

On December 4th, 2005, My Brother, Babak Najafi passed away from Arterial Sclerosis in his college dorm room at Syracuse. He was 18 years old. He was captain of his high school football team and an officer on student council.

Like me, his ultimate goal was to win. But, not to win medals or accolades. He wanted to win by helping his fellow man, but more importantly, his family.

Though he was 4 years younger than I was, he was my older brother in many ways. He bought me my first acoustic guitar with allowance money he never had.

He would drive me around to the mall and to my friend’s place in his Mitsubishi 3000GT. He helped me pick out my wardrobe and played cool whenever I went into his room to borrow his clothes.

I am entered to run the NYC MARATHON this coming November 4, 2012! I have signed up to run the race with the New York Road Runners Foundation “Team Boomer” and have pledged a donation. In memory of my brother Babak, I want to run the NYC Marathon with Team Boomer and make him proud.

The Boomer Esiason Foundation is committed to increasing awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure.

Boomer Esiason established the Boomer Esiason Foundation in 1993 after learning that his young son, Gunnar, was afflicted with a fatal genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.

The Boomer Esiason Foundation is a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure.

Losing a child violates the natural course of life. I wish every single day that I could trade my life for his. My parents and I deal with this pain and though it will never go away, your continued love and support helps us get through it.

I have pledged to donate a minimum of $3,000 to Team Boomer. Any amount you can donate would be greatly appreciated (Please note that you will receive a tax voucher via email for any donation you make)!

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/arashnajafi/2012-ing-nyc-marathon

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my message.

Love you all,
Arash