Walking 250k Steps in 24 Hours to Raise Support for ME/CFS
What Is Walktober?
Every year Google has a walking competition for employees where over 20k people form teams and see how much they can walk. It is mainly a fun event that gives us all some motivation to stay moving as fall weather sets in. There are various categories to compete in for individuals and teams. My eyes are set on the record for most steps in a day.
I actually held this record for about a week last year. I had done some research to find out the most anyone had ever recorded in a single day of Walktober (134k) and I realized I could break it if I walked and ran for 24 hours straight. I blogged about my attempt last year. Not only did I beat the old record, but I blew it out of the water, getting 187k steps – an increase of more than 50k. But just a week later, a few other runners challenged my record and eventually it fell to someone that walked 200,609 steps. Now I’m back and seeing if I can do even more. I’m hoping to, again, raise the bar by 50k steps.
What Cause Am I Supporting?
How to Get Involved
1) Learn About ME/CFS
2) Join in on the Encouragement and Excitement
- Follow our Facebook Page to hear more as we approach the 24 hour challenge and for live updates the day of
- Follow Live Updates in the Google Doc
- Spread the word about our team and point others to this blog post
- Come out and run with Greg on Oct 30th at the West Seattle Stadium
- Comment and post encouragement on Facebook posts, live doc, etc. during the big day. Both to encourage Greg and those who suffer from ME/CFS that are watching the fundraiser along with you.
3) Donate to #MEActionNetwork
Donate through the public Mighty Cause Site – https://www.mightycause.com/story/Walktober
- Our goal is to raise $10,000 this month, so if you are able to, we’d love your support
What is ME/CFS?
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is a complex and disabling illness that results in an overwhelming fatigue that is not improved by rest.
According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans (other sources state 15-30 million people worldwide) suffer from ME/CFS.
People with ME/CFS are often not able to do their usual activities and at times, or with severe cases, ME/CFS may confine them to bed. Fatigue may get worse after any activity, whether it’s physical or mental – a symptom known as post-exertional malaise (PEM). Other symptoms can include problems with sleep, thinking and concentrating, pain, and dizziness.
People with ME may also experience a substantial loss of physical and/or cognitive function. The average person with ME scores as more disabled on quality of life surveys than those with multiple sclerosis, stroke, diabetes, renal failure, lung disease, heart failure, and cancer.
Despite the severity of the symptoms and breath of those suffering, the medical community is a long way from being able to understand, diagnose and treat ME/CFS. Unfortunately funding and research for ME/CFS has been extremely low compared to other, especially funding from the United States National Institutes of Health.
Where to Learn More About ME/CFS
- TED Talk from Jennifer Brea – “What happens when you have a disease doctors can’t diagnose”
- CDC info on ME/CFS
- Stanford Medicine ME/CFS Initiative
- The Atlantic reports on the link between Long-COVID and ME/CFS
- Book documenting Dr. Ronald Davis of Stanford University’s fight against ME/CFS – The Puzzle Solver