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EJ Scott to run a marathon on every continent in 2015

NEWS FLASH! EJ Scott has decided to take on a new challenge to raise funds for The Choroideremia Research Foundation (CRF) and other favorite charities. He plans to run a marathon on every continent in the world in 2015.

Read below what EJ Says about his new fundraising efforts:

I am losing my eye sight to a genetic degenerative eye disease called Choroideremia (CHM). It attacks peripherally and erodes the sight inward until a tunnel vision and then total blindness. Im legally blind now and in that tunnel vision area.

My grandfather was blind from it, my brother has it, my two little nephews have it, my mother, aunt and sister are all carriers of it. Some side effects are light sensitivity (UV rays will also speed up the progression), night blindness, affected depth perception.

I’m 39 years old now. In 2012 I had recently lost about 70 lbs and I decided to start running marathons. I ran 12 marathons in 2012 in 12 states BLINDFOLDED. I was able to raise over $150,000 for  It was the hardest year of my life but also the most rewarding. I was able to get a short film called RUNNING BLIND made about that year that was accepted into several film festivals and will hopefully be available for public view soon.

On November 6th, 2015 I’ll turn 40 years old. In that year, before I turn 41, I want to run a marathon on every continent. Yes, including Antarctica. I will run all of them for The CRF and The Foundation for Fighting Blindness (FFB), and I will share each continent with another charity that means a lot to me. Im still figuring out which foundations exactly, but Ill be raising money for ALS, Autism, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Rett Syndrome, helping kids and animals. My overall, goal will be to raise $500,000 altogther for the charities.

The money raised here will go toward the cost of getting me to all the marathons (the cost of Antarctica alone will be over $10,000) and possibly equipment, depending on how much Im able to raise. I’d also like to make another documentary or web series about my year. Any help is a big help. We have a lot to sell and a lot to raise so keep checking back. 

Below is a video of EJ talking about his announcement:

There are several ways you can help EJ:

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To DONATE GO TO CROWDRISE.

To start things going, EJ has a new auction up on eBay; a personalized poster from True Blood Season 3 which Deborah will personalize for the winner. Click on the image below to make your bid on eBay.

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EJ Scott accepts Envision Award

Published on October 25, 2014 by in Appearances

envisionRecently, we reported that EJ Scott was to be given an award at the Envision Awards Gala! The event is conducted in support of Envision’s mission to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. The annual gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for Envision and provides funding needed to sustain programs and services.

The event took place yesterday (10/24) and below is a photo of EJ with his award which he posted on Facebook and Twitter.

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EJ writes: Big thanks to @HelpEnvision for the hospitality and the award. You guys are doing amazing work. Cheers!

 
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EJ Podcast #055 with Opus Moreschi of the Colbert Report

Published on September 24, 2014 by in EJ Podcast

Below is the next “Scratch the Surface” EJ Podcast. EJ has as his guest today Opus Moreschi.

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Opus Moreschi is a multi Emmy Award winning writer for The Colbert Report.

 

EJ sits down with Opus at his apartment in Brooklyn where they talk about:

  • his younger life where he and his family lived in different places around the world,
  • the divorce of his parents,
  • developing a sense of humor to help deter bullies,
  • the origin of his nickname “Opus” which became permanent,
  • improv and sketch writing in Boston,
  • his luck with the ladies,
  • how he got a writing job on The Colbert Report
  • and how that paved the way for him to become Head Writer,
  • his past jobs with Craig Kilborn, Tom Green, and David Koechner,
  • how he will be going with Colbert to CBS replacing Letterman,
  • what its like to win an Emmy or 3,
  • and so much more!!!

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LISTEN, and ENJOY!!!

Please share with your friends on social media or any other way.

Also, be sure to listen to EJ’s other podcasts because those are pretty amazing also.

Please consider giving to EJ’s charity, The Choroideremia Foundation by donating using the button below:

 
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EJ Scott to receive Envision Award

Published on September 23, 2014 by in Appearances

EJ Scott has just reported some cool news!

He writes:

I am getting an award in Wichita, KS OctOBER 24, 2014 at the Envision Awards Gala!

I don’t know too much about it but Envision is a place that helps the visually impaired and they are nice enough to fly my out, put me up and even give a $5000 gift to The CHOROIDEREMIA Research Foundation.

 
envisionMORE ABOUT ENVISION

The mission of Envision is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research.

Envision provides services to people of all ages, 3 weeks to 103 years old. From providing a job to providing much needed resources, the goal is always the same – independence.

 
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While EJ is in Wichita, he’ll be screening his short documentary “Running Blind The Movie” about his 12 marathons in 2012 at the Tall Grass Film Festival October, 21st. He will intro the film and do a Q&A after.

So, mark your calendars fans who live in Kansas and don’t miss out on seeing this great documentary that was made when EJ ran 12 marathons in 12 months in 2012. It’s pretty amazing.

 

Please also consider giving to EJ’s charity, The Choroideremia Foundation by donating using the button below:

 
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EJ Podcast #054 with Denis O’Hare

Published on September 19, 2014 by in EJ Podcast

Below is the next “Scratch the Surface” EJ Podcast. EJ has as his guest today True Blood’s Russell Edgington, Denis O’Hare.

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Denis O’Hare became a beloved villain on HBO’s True Blood a few years ago. Since then he has been nominated for an Emmy for American Horror Story, married long time boyfriend, adopted a baby with his husband, and keeps working on multiple projects including his one man show that he toured the world with.

Ej and Denis talk about:

  • winning a Tony Award,
  • being an alcoholic and how he got sober,
  • losing his sister to suicide,
  • losing a boyfriend to AIDS,
  • his views on religion,
  • teaching his son French,
  • his family,
  • the charities he supports,
  • and half way through his 3 year old son decides to join us and mix things up.

I had a great talk with Denis and hope to do a part 2 very soon.

LISTEN, and ENJOY!!!

Please share with your friends on social media or any other way.

Also, be sure to listen to EJ’s other podcasts because those are pretty amazing also.

Please consider giving to EJ’s charity, The Choroideremia Foundation by donating using the button below:

 
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