2019 Marathon: Varavani J Dwarki Running for Rare

by beth on April 9, 2019

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Above: A Southborough resident is making his third marathon run for patients suffering from rare disorders (images from fundraising and charity website, and cropped from team video)

Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception. Between now and Patriots Day, I’m featuring stories of resident runners donning bibs for a cause. 

In 2015 & 2017, I shared that Southborough’s Varavani J Dwarki was running in the Boston Marathon to raise funds to research and treat rare diseases. He’s doing it again in on Monday.

Dwarki’s fundraising page for this year’s run shares:

I am honored to have been selected to be part of the Running for Rare Disease Marathon Team in support of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). This is my third opportunity (I ran in 2015 and 2017) to be part of this mission to raise awareness and help contribute to the cause of rare disease/s.

NORD is dedicated to supporting individuals and families impacted by rare disease and the organizations that serve them through programs of education, advocacy, research and financial assistance services. Rare diseases impact the lives of 30 million Americans – two-thirds of whom are children. On average, it can take a patient 5-7 years to receive an accurate diagnosis, at which time 95% will be told there is no FDA approved treatment or ongoing research to learn more about their disease. The funds raised from the Running for Rare Diseases Team will support NORD’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program; helping individuals to receive a diagnosis from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Donations in support of this campaign will be tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. NORD has received the top (4-Star) rating from Charity Navigator, a leading independent evaluator of charities. The individuals and families helped by NORD often have nowhere else to turn for assistance. Your support of this campaign is very important to them.

The team’s website details:

The funds raised by the Running for Rare Team will support the NORD/Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Patient Assistance Program. This program provides financial assistance to families who have exhausted all other alternatives for seeking a diagnosis. NORD will help cover the basic diagnostic testing needed for patients and families to apply into the Undiagnosed Diseases Network.

To support Dwarki’s run, click here.

[If you’re running the Boston Marathon and would like to have your story featured, drop me a line at mysouthborough@gmail.com]

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