CLARK, NJ - Running 5K races is a popular goal these days. All it takes is determination and waiting for the sound of the start gun, right? For Clark resident, Anthony Gonzalez it is going to take more than a desire to run and a strong will to reach the finish line.
Before he can join runners at the starting line, Gonzalez has a goal to raise $1000 for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research. Gonzalez, a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Seton Hall University is raising money for the Live Like Lou Foundation which benefits those suffering from ALS.
“Lou Gehrig was a member of Phi Delta Theta, and our organization has taken an active role in finding a cure,” said Gonzalez. ALS is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease in reference to the early twentieth century baseball player afflicted with the illness.
In honor of Gehrig, Gonzalez says the organization has taken steps to help raise money for research, education, screening and treatment. On his path to raising $1K in donations, Gonzalez is attempting to become an Iron Phi, a distinction given to a small percentage of members within the fraternity.
The mission of Iron Phi is to strengthen the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity and the impact it has on the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease through the fundraising and athletic efforts of its members. Gonzalez said becoming an Iron Phi allows him to do something bold about Lou Gehrig's disease.
As part of his continued support of the cause, his fraternity and his personal growth, Gonzalez will also volunteer at the Hope Loves Company Camp at the end of May. The camp run by Live Like Lou is for children and grandchildren of ALS sufferers.
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