Local Runner Raises Money for Neurofibromatosis Research

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Qualifying for the Boston Marathon can be a difficult task to achieve, but one local man says the finish line is just the beginning. 

“I particularly love running through trails — being out in the woods, being out in nature," says Ryan Wachter, of Pennsauken. "I just love to get out and run. [I also love] the feeling you have when you’re out there, the runner’s high.” 

Which is what inspired Wachter to dedicate his love of running, to a greater cause. One that is bigger than his current goal.

“Qualifying for Boston is not easy," says Wachter. "I guess you would consider me a runner, but I’m not that fast yet so I’m training for several marathons at the moment. What it basically consists of is running six to seven days a week.” 

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While he is working towards his dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, Wachter is raising funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation for research into neurofibromatosis (NF).

Neurofibromatosis is a disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body — leading to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, and learning disabilities. Although he is unaffected by NF, Wachter believes the cause is worth it.

“I still think it’s an amazing organization and a great cause and when you sign up, they’ll set you up with what they call a NF Hero," says Wachter. "[This is] a child who is dealing with the disease, so you can have a face to go with all of the fundraising and training that you’re doing.” 

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And to do so, he has been getting his close buddies involved as well to raise $1,260.

"Ryan Wachter is honestly one of the most selfless and passionate people I have ever met," says his friend, Howard Sexton. "He’s been running competitively for over a decade. I know he has been working hard, going on multiple marathons to try and qualify for Boston. He’s the fastest guy I know. On top of that he’s also very big into the fundraising.” 

To learn more or to donate, visit endingnf.com.

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