Maybe it is coincidence, but Noah’s belief in the American people, demonstrated by the huge US flag he carries on his second coast to coast run, comes at a time when people need something positive to focus on. The government walkout has disappointed Americans; Noah’s mission is something that can inspire Americans. His spirit epitomizes the country’s ideals and gives the people hope. And 'The Voice' rising star, Sam Cerniglia, has a sister with Battens disease and showed his support for Noah. Another coincidence?
One small snag: Coughlan runs, blogs, and is an activist with little time to fundraise, and he needs financial support. Hotels are eating into his meager budget of $5000. He is unemployed during his run. He relies on the support of the American people to accomplish his feat. He has nine states left. We are calling on the American people to help.
Coughlan runs for and is relentlessly dedicated to raising awareness for Batten Disease after watching it affect two of his childhood friends, Catie and Annie Allio. Over the years Coughlan has raised awareness and educated many through his activism. He has met more than 40 families dealing with Batten disease, and takes time to meet with as many as possible during each run. Coughlan is a force for good and his hope is contagious.
In addition to Batten disease, Coughlan is running in memory of the late Ryan Rossi, founder of 20K Watts, to help keep Ryan’s dream alive.
If things go as planned, Coughlan’s run will end in early November in Boston, Massachusetts. Again, perhaps it’s another coincidence that he’ll complete his run and retire his faithful companion– his always-constant US flag--on Veteran’s Day.
Noah Coughlan is a 29-year-old Napa Police Academy graduate from Vacaville, CA. In 2011, Noah became just the 222nd individual to ever run across the United States of America, running from the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, CA to the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville, FL on the 2011 Run for Research. His cause was to help raise awareness for Batten Disease, a rare and terminal brain disease affecting two of his childhood friends, Catie and Annie Allio.
About Batten Disease
To learn more about Batten disease, visit the Batten Diseases Support and Research Association (BDSRA) website at (www.bdsra.org)
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Details about Noah Coughlan and his causes, including where to donate (www.runcoast2coast.com)
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