DAWS stands for Do Away with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and is a foundation created to support charities like Families of SMA and other SMA charities so a cure can be found.
Joseph Kolinsky, our founder, had two brothers with SMA who died in infancy. It had always been a dream of his to help find a cure for SMA. Since Joe isn't a scientist, creating a foundation that supported research was the next best option.
How does running fit into all of this?
The DAWS Board of Directors is made up of a group of friends who met through running various races around North America. Having a running team that supported fundraising activites of DAWS just made sense.
Where does the money raised go?
The money raised goes towards research for a cure and charities that support SMA families.
How can I join the Running Team?
Easy! Visit the DAWS store and click on the Running Team Link. Your membership fee includes lots of great stuff like coaching support, discounts and specail member benefits!
Is DAWS only for runners?
No way! DAWS is a foundation that primarily uses running events to raise money for the foundation, however, anyone can support us through donations and by cheering us along the way!
What is the Museum to Mouse tour?
August 18, 2015, the DAWS Team set off from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Fransisco to the gates of Disneyland in Anaheim,California...running a marathon a day in an effort to raise awareness and donations to help fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy. We completed this event on September 4th.
If I join DAWS can I still be on other running teams?
YES!!! Running is filled with an amazing community of people who are supportive of each other and it is our wish that you not only join our team but join as many teams as you wish! Why? Because supporting each other is a way to build communities and make the world a better place.
Where can I buy DAWS Running Gear?
Earthgroove our wonderful creative clothing sponsor will be opening up a DAWS Running gear store within their own web store! Visit here to see what they offer and as soon as the DAWS store is open for business, you will be the first to know!