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Sue Alger and Frank Engels met at St. Norberts College near Green Bay WI, fell in love and got married.

In May 2006, we returned to the area with a mission.

Frank ran his first marathon. Although an impressive goal and test of his endurance and capacity at age 52, that was not the primary mission.

Frank Engels - Marathon Runner

Frank explains:

"I realize that all of us have probably faced some type of family issue and we all deal with it different. I have come to the realization that when a rare disease like ALS affects your family twice you had better do something. So, in my infinite wisdom I decided to run 26 miles 385 yards to help raise awareness and funds to defeat this killer."

Why Green Bay?

Green Bay is not only where we met, it's Sue's mom and dad's hometown and her birthplace. St. Norberts is her dad's alma mater. Many Algers and Geniesses still live in the area, cheering on those world famous Green Bay Packers. All her brothers are "cheeseheads". (How she married a Bears fan, no one can figure out, but we think the boys have forgiven her by now..)

As a bonus, the path of the Green Bay marathon traverses the bridge near the college where, over 30 years ago, Frank and Sue walked, talked and fell in love on a cold, snowy Wisconsin winter night. That bridge, in Depere, is about mile 21 of the marathon.

It's a Family Affair

Frank's decision inspired family and friends to participate, at some level, to come together as a group in a spirit of support and hope.

Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends joined us in Green Bay on May 21st. They were with us in person or in spirit from Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Texas, Indiana, Connecticut, Florida and Lyon, France to walk, run, relay, sponsor, host, cheer on and celebrate together at the finish line in traditional Wisconsin fashion - a beer & brat tailgate party in famous Lambeau Field.

On May 21st, 2006, our 26  385  4  Defeating ALS* Team members - 26 385 4 Defeating ALS team raised over $7,500 for ALS research. We came from all over the U.S. and Europe, lapped historic Lambeau field, home of the world famous Green Bay Packers, to raise awareness and funds for ALS education and research. Our virtual team cheered us on from all parts of the world via cell phones and the Internet.

TEAM PHOTOS : The weekend provided an opportunity for over 50 members of 4 families and their friends to come together to help defeat a disease that has touched all of us.

In Glenview IL, Neenah WI and Green Bay WI, people opened their homes for get-togethers and graciously provided accomodations to those traveling from out of town. Saturday's backyard Booyah BBQ, hosted by Laurie and Jim Alger, brought together the entire team including members of the Engels, Masterson, Alger and Geniesse extended families. (What's Booyah?)

See the photos from the Green Bay Marathon weekend..

NEWS COVERAGE : Our team's efforts were reported in the Green Bay Press Gazette and the ALSA-Indiana chapter newsletter. Read the articles..



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