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Elizabeth Petrasz

Elizabeth Petrasz

"The reason I dedicate myself to helping animals so because there are already so many people dedicated to hurting them."
-Author Unknown

Welcome Supporters!

As most of you know, I previously ran the Chicago Marathon with Team PAWS in 2014 and again in 2018. After having an old injury flare up around mile 16 and being unhappy with my finish last year, I decided to try at least one more time to get my PR (personal record)!

Some of you might not know that starting in August of 2018 I started to have a lot of hip pain and after my first visit to the doctor I found out I had Femoroacetabular Impingement along with Gluteus Medius Tendonitis. I went through a few weeks of physical therapy before the marathon and felt OKAY, but still not great - when the pain returned, it was time for another doctor visit to find out I had Sartorius Tendonitis. Trying PT (physical therapy) AGAIN and STILL not feeling any relief, my doctor finally ordered an MRI which then showed a slipped (herniated) disk, with a tear in the disc.

Since the MRI, I have had 4 epidural shots (this is considered 1 injection) and am feeling much better. Unfortunately, I know that these injections only provide temporary relief for a few months but I am beyond happy that I am no longer feeling discomfort.

With all that said, I am still very excited to participate in the marathon with Team PAWS. I do hope to reach my PR, but know that I might have to be okay with just crossing the finish line if I have any injury issues arise again.

I am asking you to help support my cause and hope you will consider donating to my charity efforts! If you know me, you know that I am very passionate about dogs. Running a marathon is just a small thing I can do to help bring awareness to a great organization.

A small recap about who I am running for:

PAWS Chicago is dedicated to building No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – where all healthy and treatable pets are saved. Since PAWS Chicago’s founding in 1997, the number of homeless animals euthanized per year in Chicago has dropped more than 80 percent. In 2016, PAWS Chicago found loving homes for more than 5,100 homeless pets. But there is more work to be done and your generosity is crucial to this effort.

Please consider supporting me by making a donation and helping PAWS Chicago provide vital medical care, food and shelter to thousands of homeless pets this year. PAWS receives no government funding and relies solely on people like you to help provide continued care for Chicago's homeless animals.

If you are feeling extra generous, please consider sharing my page with your network or check with your employer if they will match your donation to make the most out of your generosity.

Your support means a great deal not only to me but to the dogs and cats that need your help! Let's save the dogs and cats!!


raised of $3,000 goal

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