About the Book
Title: Running The Coast For A Cure
Author: Al DeCesaris
Genre: Nonfiction Memoir
Paperback: 366 pages
Published: April 9, 2016
The book is available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1U3RPlb.
In 2014, Al DeCesaris set out on a 1,935-mile solo run from Lubec, Maine to Key Largo, Florida. He ran to bring hope to his 10-year-old niece Jenna who suffers with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare and life-threatening neurological disorder. He ran to create awareness and raise funds for medical research so a cure can be found.
For three consecutive months, he battled the rigors of the road, endured numerous injuries, encountered wild animals, and narrowly escaped getting hit by more than a few reckless drivers. Yet, he also experienced the generosity of strangers, had heart-warming interactions with families affected by this devastating disorder, and came to realize - with purpose, determination, and belief - even the seemingly impossible can be achieved.
Running The Coast For A Cure is one man's journey to make a difference for his niece. Told with humor and warmth, Al candidly captures the adversity he faced and the joy he experienced as he ran close to a marathon a day through 14 states down the East Coast. His journey of love and hope will have you running with him, and leave you inspired.
With the hope that this event would help the doctors continue their vital work, I set out to run the coast. Now, I didn’t know what the journey would bring, 20 miles and a major injury or 2,000 miles and a successful run all the way to Key Largo, Florida. But I did know that as long as my body would allow, I’d continue to put in the miles each day for Jenna and all those suffering with Sturge-Weber Syndrome so that a cure may one day be found.
For the past 10 years Al DeCesaris has volunteered his time and dedicated his efforts to fighting Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare and life-threatening neurological disorder that afflicts his young niece Jenna. Through charitable events, athletic endeavors, and his “For A Cure” books, he has created considerable awareness about the disorder and helped raise significant funds to further the efforts to find a cure.