2019 Marathon: Tim Dalasio representing #ShifStrong to fundraise for ALS ONE

Above:  Tim Dalasio is “humbled” to represent a Southborough family in the Marathon. He is raising funds to help find a breakthrough treatment and ultimate cure for ALS (images from fundraising site)

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. This is the third, with several more to come.

Tim Dalasio is running for the fight against ALS. He is representing #ShiftStrong on the team raising funds for ALS ONE. The charity is focused on “One Goal”:

To identify a breakthrough treatment and ultimate cure for ALS while improving the care now for those battling it.

Dalasio asked me to share the following message with readers.

I am running to raise money for ALS ONE and in honor of Brian Shifrin, who, at age 42, is waging one incredibly courageous battle with ALS, one that he’s been engaged in since summer 2017. Brian, his wife Kristine, and their two young children, Charlie and Courtney, inspire me daily. They have constant smiles, positive attitudes, and have grown their fight into a #ShifStrong movement to end ALS and provide those fighting it with the best care possible!

Their family’s battle with Brian’s ALS diagnosis has been inspiring to so many. The spirit with which they have tackled such a difficult situation has been nothing short of incredible. From raising awareness and funds for ALS ONE, to doubling down on their commitments to family, friends and community service the Shifrin family have set an amazing example for the power of positivity in the face of adversity and dedication to making the world a better place for having been a part of it.

I am humbled to be representing team #ShifStrong in the Boston Marathon.

I ran my first 5k ten years ago, my first sprint triathlon 5 years ago, and since have completed multiple half-marathons and three times have completed Half-Ironman/70.3 distance triathlons. I always knew the next step in my running progression would be 26.2 and, living just a few miles from the Boston Marathon starting line in Southborough, MA, where I work as an Educational Support Professional at the Margaret Neary Elementary School, it’s been a dream of mine for years. I am so lucky to be supported in this journey by my incredible wife Jen and my two amazing daughters, Ryan (12) and Julia (8).

To support his fundraiser, click here.

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