This past weekend three Upland software executives including Upland Software’s President Ludwig Melik, VP of Products Joe Larscheid and VP of Marketing Matt Barnett, participated in the Carlsbad Half Marathon in San Diego, CA. Over 7,000 racers lined up to run along San Diego’s North County coastal cities; it was a beautiful day!
With a few Upland cheerleaders in the crowd, the Upland executive team crossed the finish line successfully with ½ the marathoners still following behind.
It was a triumphant day for Upland execs who bravely attacked the physical challenge but it also served as a reminder to the rest of us that hope prevails. Joe, Matt and Ludwig ran for Gavin, the 8 year old son of Ferdinand and Jan Marquez. Ferdinand is a long time employee of Upland Software and has supported the EPM Live product line for over 9 years. In 2009, Ferdinand’s son Gavin was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease. Tay-Sachs is a rare and fatal hereditary disease caused by a genetic mutation that leaves the body unable to produce an enzyme (known as Hex-A) necessary for fat metabolism in nerve cells. Without this enzyme, central nervous system degeneration ensues. To learn more about Gavin’s story and Tay-Sachs disease, please visit the Hope for Gavin website at www.hopeforgavin.com.
The Hope for Gavin marathon challenge worked like this:
- 1st place winner (based on finish time) personally donated $25
- 2nd place winner (based on finish time) personally donated $50
- 3rd place winner (based on finish time) personally donated $100
- Upland Software then matches 3rd place donation (x10) making an additional $1,000 donation to Hope for Gavin
Matt Barnett was the winner by time, but all three execs won that day, all choosing to donate $100 to the local charity. By the end of the day, $1300 was raised for Hope for Gavin and we aren’t finished yet. If you want to join our team and keep hope alive for Gavin, please feel free to visit the website and make a donation. www.hopeforgavin.com. Thank you Joe, Matt and Ludwig for supporting such a wonderful cause!