EJ and Deborah Ann Woll
EJ Scott ran his 12 marathons in 2012 and not only that, he ran them blindfolded. Even more exciting is that he raised more than his $144,000 annual goal. He certainly did all he said he would do and more.
Now, because of this amazing year and what he has done, EJ has been selected to receive the Visionary Award at the fourth annual Allstate Life InsuranceSM 13.1 Marathon® and 5K on Jan. 13 in Venice, CA. The 13.1 Marathon begins at 7 a.m. in Venice, and ends by the ocean in Playa Del Rey.
EJ, will run blindfolded, as he always does, but this time he will have with him his girlfriend, True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll.
The Visionary Award Presented by US Road Sports was established to recognize an athlete with the Vision and foresight to change sport, in a positive way, through innovative thinking and constructive actions both within competition and in life.
The disease that EJ suffers from is called Choroideremia which is a disease that has robbed him of all but 15 percent of his eyesight. It is a degenerative eye disease, which makes him very sensitive to light. Despite this, he completed a crusade to run one marathon a month in 2012 and raised more than $90,000 for the Choroideremia Research Foundation.
“E. J. Scott is a true visionary in his efforts to raise awareness of his eye disease, Choroideremia, and also in his fundraising work to combat this disease,” said Greg Laird, CEO and Managing Partner of the event organizer, US Road Sports.
Scott created the idea of running 12 marathons in 12 months in 12 states, running all of them blindfolded, to raise research money for Choroideremia. “My biggest fear about going blind is that I won’t get to see my-yet-to-be-born or conceived children grow up and be involved with them visually,” he said. “I have two small nephews and a brother that all have the disease and that’s pretty frightening. This is why I run.” Scott’s sister was diagnosed as a CHM carrier and her oldest son, Liam, tested positive in 2005; Aidan, the youngest son, has also tested positive.
“In 2010 I ran the Chicago Marathon after previously running two, half-marathons,” Scott said. “That’s when the idea came to me. I thought, what if I run 12 marathons and get 12 times the exposure for the fight against Choroideremia, and it was a chance to raise 12 times the money.”
Runners will celebrate finishing the event with friends and family at the Michelob Ultra Finish Line Festival. Live entertainment, food and refreshments, including the Michelob Ultra beer garden, will highlight festivities. Participants will also be able to donate their running shoes through a special partnership between Allstate and non-profit Give Your Sole (giveyoursole.org), to provide moderately-worn athletic shoes to the Los Angeles-area homeless community.
The Vault wishes to send a big “Congratulations!” to EJ for a job well done. Not only running the marathons, but also surpassing his goal of $144,000 is truly a feat to be celebrated! We wish him the best!
For more information about the CRF visit curechm.org or EJ’s website ejscott.com.
You can continue to support the fight for sight in 2013 with a donation.
The Vault has joined E.J.’s team in support of his goal to run 12 marathons in 12 different states of the USA in 2012. You can make credit card donations securely through our action page: http://www.crowdrise.com. All the money raised will count for E.J.’s grand total and your comment will also appear on E.J.’s Crowdrise page. Donations are tax deductible for US residents.
You can also donate directly and safely to the Choroideremia Research Foundation by credit card or Paypal using the PayPal button here below. Donations are tax deductible for US residents.