Charity Run to Benefit Ice Cream Headaches
When Bob Millroy retired two years ago, he had a lot of time on his hands. Unlike other senior citizens, he wasn’t the type to sit in a rocking chair or spend time with his grandchildren. He hung around the house for several months, then announced to his wife that he wanted to take up long-distance running. She announced that he shouldn’t let the door hit him in the behind on his way out.
It didn’t take long before Bob noticed the benefits of his new hobby, such as still being married and not being dead yet. Now an experienced runner, he’s decided it’s time to give something back. This summer, he plans to run across the state of Michigan for charity.
Little did he know that finding a charity would be the hard part. “I called the American Heart Association,” he says. “They told me thanks, but said they already had plenty of money. ‘Our Board of Directors are sitting around lighting cigarettes with $100 bills’, the lady told me. I also contacted the March of Dimes, AIDS Awareness, and Habitat for Humanity. Same story. With all the fun runs, telethons, and cookie sales, these charities have a glut of money. They’re rolling in it.”
After much research, Bob finally found one medical condition that’s been overlooked by the do-gooders of the world – that pain you get in your head when you eat ice cream too fast. He feels it’s an ailment that’s been in the dark far too long.
“People think of it as a minor thing,” he says. “They figure, ‘hey, just take smaller bites’. Sounds simple enough, but to get that message out takes money.”
His hope is that someday – maybe not in his lifetime – kids can go to the Dairy Queen without that sense of forboding over what’s to come.