A Douglas County deputy who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis is raising money to participate in the Boston Marathon and help with the search for a cure to the disease.
John Carrasco, 39, will be running in the race through the MS Society, which allows people who raise at least $7,500 to participate, even if they haven't achieved the event's competitive time qualification.
Carrasco has already raised the required amount but is speeding toward an even larger fundraising goal: $15,000 by the race, April 20.
“When I was diagnosed, I didn't know much about it,” he said. “The MS Society helped me.”
The nonprofit organization works to help those diagnosed with MS with everyday challenges, health care and resources and helps fund research for a cure.
Carrasco, who continues to work as a deputy, has not yet experienced some of the worst symptoms of the nerve-compromising disease, he said.
“Tomorrow I could not be able to walk or run,” he said. “You never know.”
For now, he just wants to make sure he's not spending too much time on the couch.
“Whenever it gets worse, if it does, and I can't do it, then I'll regret that I didn't do it,” he said about the race.
The sheriff's office has worked to support Carrasco's fundraising effort. In an early February bake sale, the office raised $1,800 for the fund. Employees provided homemade treats and Starbucks offered coffee and cookies for the event.
Those interested in donating can visit Carrasco's fundraising website, found at bndfr.com/bq9bX, or by searching for him on the Boston Marathon Strides Against MS 2020 webpage.
“I hope the money I raise will allow the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to grow, continue their research and allow them to be there for people currently diagnosed,” Carrasco wrote on his online fundraiser page, “as well as the next person that is diagnosed.”
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