The Don't Talk-a-Thon is on Sunday, and today we want to thank someone very special: Avery Niedrowski, who planted the seed for this event when she took a ten hour vow of silence in memory of her grandfather in 2011. Avery has raised nearly $5000 this year and has worked tirelessly to spread the word about The Don't Talk-a-Thon, appearing on Philadelphia-area radio and television shows to spread awareness about Project ALS. Read more about how she came up with the idea below–and support her efforts here!
What made you want to join The Don't Talk-a-Thon?
I took a vow of silence a few years ago in honor of my grandfather, John A Wetherhold Jr, and donated all the money to Project ALS. I wanted to do it again this year so my mom reached out to Project ALS and they took the idea and made it into The Don't Talk-a-Thon.
What is your goal through The Don't Talk-a-Thon?
To reach my goal and have as many people participate as possible.
What do you want people to take away from your vow of silence?
That helping people is very rewarding.
Are you doing The Don't Talk-a-Thon in honor or memory of someone special to you?
Yes, my Pop-Pop (John A Wetherhold Jr). He was very kind and an amazing person. He died of bulbar ALS in 2007.
Why did you decide to work with Project ALS?
My mom and sister researched the organizations and felt strongly about supporting them and their work.
Is anyone planning to join you during your vow of silence?
Yes, several family members and friends.
What do you think will be the toughest part of your vow of silence?
When I did it before, it was so hard to not talk. Last time I was quiet for 10 hours. Keeping quiet for 3 hours may be a bit easier.