On December 26, 2014 Evelyn Grace Spytek - daughter of former Wolverine John Spytek - passed away due to complications following a CMV (Cytomegalovirus) related surgery. In her memory and in support of the National CMV Foundation, a team of eleven former Michigan Football student athletes - John Spytek, Dave Pearson, John Navarre, Grant Bowman, Andy Mignery, Tony Pape, Phil Brackins, Brent Cummings, Jeff Rich, Steve Baker and Eric Rosel - will be running the Columbus, Ohio Capital City Half Marathon on May 2, 2015 to raise money for the cause.
Preparing for this race has not been an easy task for a bunch of former Michigan football players - distance running doesn't exactly rank on their list of talents. But they've lost over 300 pounds collectively, and on May 2 will be competing as Compete 4 CMV Team to raise awareness for CMV.
The National CMV Foundation (nationalcmv.org) is a non-profit organization created by John and Kristen Spytek. Its goals are to create awareness, share information about CMV prevention strategies and conduct community outreach initiatives, in addition to empower women to take charge of their health by giving them the tools they need before and during pregnancy.
The current objectives of the National CMV Foundation (nationalcmv.org) are:
To conduct fundraising events and community outreach initiatives to benefit strategic partnerships with Children's Hospital Colorado and Mott's Children's Hospital for the promotion of prevention strategies.
To empower women to take charge of their health by giving them the tools they need before and during pregnancy.
"The team could not be more proud to compete for a tremendous cause and in memory of a truly remarkable little girl," Mignery said.
For information on how to donate or to get more information on this story and cause please contact John Spytek (215) 266-5424 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristen Spytek (203) 507-8709 email@example.com.