A Message from Mike and Dawn Timlin
“During the course of our mom’s illness, we learned that there is no effective treatment or cure for ALS. After watching her suffer through the awful progression of this fatal disease, we vowed to eradicate ALS so that others would never have to endure such an experience. Our mission is to raise public awareness regarding ALS and, more important, to finance critical research being conducted at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at University of Massachusetts Medical School, under the direction of world renowned ALS expert Dr. Robert H. Brown. The Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race and Family Fun Day to Cure ALS is a major ALS fundraiser with over 3000 participants. More than $1.5 million has been raised toward research for a cure from this event. We believe that with proper funding, science will make a treatment, if not a cure, a reality sooner rather than later.”
– Mike and Dawn Timlin
About Sharon Timlin
Born in Abilene, Texas in 1941, Sharon Timlin was the loving and devoted mother of MLB Pitcher Mike Timlin of the 2004 & 2007 World Championship Boston Red Sox and his three sisters, Jeri Lynn, Tracy and Sherri, as well as the grandmother of nine. Diagnosed with ALS in May 2001, Sharon succumbed to the disease in March 2002. Her life of devotion, faith, love and generosity, and her courage in the face of ALS, has inspired her family to do what they can to raise awareness, contribute to research and provide solace to those facing ALS. Mike Timlin and his wife, Dawn, have pledged to do all they can to help the mission of the Angel Fund, an independent non-profit charity benefiting ALS research at the at University of Massachusetts Hospital.
Our Leadership Team
We are a dedicated group of volunteers who have seen firsthand the value of this event. We strive each year to bring runners, walkers and families an event that promotes good will as well as helps get us closer to a cure. Thank you for your support!
Abbie Rosenberg: Event Director
Dave Krueger: Event Director
Stephanie Whelan: Race Director
Gail Welsh: Sponsorship Director
Dawn Mercier: Fundraising Director
Kara Dion: Communications Director & Technology Director
Colleen Allen: Volunteer Director
Courtney Pinto: Volunteer Coordinator/ Social Media Director
Michelle Kinsella: Kids Fun Run Coordinator
April Galanek: Family Fun Day Coordinator
Kathy Younis: Field Director
Lee Schortmann: Photography Director and Graphic Artist/Designer
Tracy Logan: Silent Auction and Raffle Coordinator
Diane Kosheff: Silent Auction and Raffle Coordinator
Marc Salois: Parking Coordinator
Dear Friends, Family, and Members of Our Community
We hope that you will join us in our “race” to cure the devastating disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. We are passionate about finding a cure for ALS, with 100% of the funds raised going to the Cecil B. Day Laboratory at UMass Medical School, where worldwide groundbreaking research is being done daily.
Unfortunately we know too well that ALS is an insidious and unfair disease. ALS is a progressive and eventually fatal illness with no known cure or effective treatment. ALS is particularly cruel because victims are aware of their fate as they gradually lose the ability to control their muscles, to communicate, and eventually to breathe.
In 2004, we held the first Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race and Family Fun Day to Cure ALS . The event was a huge success. Thanks to our many generous contributors, we raised over $60,000 at that first event to help fund a cure for ALS. To date, we have raised over $1.5 million!
Sharon Timlin, mother of Mike Timlin, a retired pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, succumbed to ALS in 2002. This race/family day was organized in her memory and to benefit all who suffer from this disease. In 2003, our dear friend and one of our organizers was also diagnosed with ALS, George Mazareas. Please visit our Faces of ALS page to read about so many wonderful individuals who have been affected by this devastating disease.
We are holding the 14th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race/ Kids’ Color Fun Run/Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 17, 2017, and we hope you will join us in our efforts.
The past few years have seen tremendous achievements in the fight to cure ALS. However, ALS remains a significantly under-funded disease and the efforts of events like ours do make a difference. We look forward to the day when a cure is found for ALS and we no longer have to ask for support.In the meantime, we appreciate your support and presence at our event. Drop us a note and tell us what you think.
Our warmest wishes,
Abbie Rosenberg and Dave Krueger, and the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Leadership Team
Join our Angel Fundraising Challenge and help us raise money to cure ALS. (New this year: Special edition baseball hats for anyone that raises over $500). Set up your fundraising page here. All proceeds benefit The Angel Fund, an independent, non-profit charity benefitting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at UMASS Medical School.
We appreciate all donations and all the money raised goes directly toward helping medical researchers find a cure for ALS. Click here to donate to our cause and help us strike out ALS.
As a sponsor of the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event to Cure ALS, you will join us in making an impact against this devastating disease. We customize opportunities for all levels of sponsorship.