Ultra-runner Charla Heimer departed San Diego International Airport this morning to begin her journey to Libya. Charla is participating in the Libyan Challenge, a 136.5 mile trek on an old camel route through the desert of Libya that begins February 22nd. Charla will carry a sleeping bag, a GPS and a snake bite kit, and little else. She is hoping to complete the race in “just” 40 hours, non-stop.
Charla is running this race to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease and to support families who are dealing with the condition. Her father-in-law is in the early stages of the disease and his family is in the “ignore and deny” stage. Charla hopes that by dedicating her race to Parkinson’s, the family will begin to learn more about how, with great support, people with Parkinson’s can live well.
We wish Charla good luck and safe journeys as she embarks on this great adventure.
If you’d like to support Charla’s efforts, go to www.pdasd.donordrive.com and click on “View Events” to reach the Race for Parkinson’s page.
Do you have an idea for a fundraiser you’d like to do to support the efforts of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego? Give us a call at (877) 737-7576 and ask to speak to Jerry Henberger, our Chief Development Officer.