This 50-Year-Old is Doing WHAT For Narcolepsy Awareness?!

Wake up, Narcolepsy!

Danny Tanner might say “Wake Up San Francisco!” But we’re more interested in “Wake Up Narcolepsy.” Source: oddessyonline.com

When runners leave the starting line in Hopkinton, MA, for this year’s Boston Marathon, the pack will contain some extra motivated individuals. TeamWUN will once again sponsor “wunners” to help raise money for narcolepsy research and education.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Wake Up Narcolepsy has participated in the Boston Marathon. During that time, they’ve raised over $400,000 to help those with narcolepsy. As of this writing, they’re already more than 40% towards this year’s goal of $60,000. That’s thanks in large part to the team’s top fundraiser, Monica Gow.

Monica, a co-founder of Wake Up Narcolepsy, has run the Boston Marathon five times already–twice in her 20s and three times in her 40s. Now 50 years old, she continues to run with TeamWUN “to change the conversation about narcolepsy.” Her oldest son, Thomas, began showing symptoms of narcolepsy in March 2008 when he was 10 years old. He was diagnosed three months later.

Along with Monica, TeamWUN consists of Nick Starr, Rebecca Polenski, Mia Filippini, Lauren Johnson, and Patrick Brown. If you would like to support them in their efforts, click here.


James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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