Olson family raises over $40,000 for ALS Foundation
Over $40,000 and 26.2 miles. Leah Olson of West Linn ran that distance in the Portland Marathon Oct. 6, while she and her family raised that amount for the ALS Foundation.
The foundation is a nonprofit that funds innovative research for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gherig's Disease) and supports individuals living with ALS.
Olson decided to run the Portland Marathon after her dad, who himself has run 35 marathons, was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year.
The Olson Family also participated in the ALS Foundation's Walk to Defeat ALS in Portland Sept. 29.
Olson initially set the fundraising goal at $26,000, representing the 26 miles she would run in the marathon, but with donations pouring in, the family set a higher fundraising bar, which they subsequently achieved and raised again.
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