EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues
On November 1st 2015 I will be running the New York City Marathon to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association in honour of my parents, Charlie and Joan Thomas, who both passed away recently after suffering from the symptoms of this illness.
As a family we went through the difficult and heart-wrenching process of watching them slowly but surely lose their memory and ability to recognise family, friends and undertake the most basic functions. They say it is harder for those of us left behind and that is so true for me and my two sisters. Our visits often left us in tears out of sheer frustration watching two independent and intelligent adults slowly disappearing in front of us.
Here are some facts you maybe didn’t know:
- There are more than 342,800 Australians living with dementia
- Of the top 10 causes of death in Australia and America, it's the only one that can’t be prevented, cured or slowed
- One in three Seniors die from Alzheimers or another form of dementia
- Each week, there are more than 1,800 new cases of dementia in Australia; approx. one person every 6 minutes. This is expected to grow to 7,400 new cases each week by 2050
- Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia (the second leading cause in women)
- If dementia were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy.
I have enjoyed running all my life and the New York City Marathon has been a personal goal for a number of years. To achieve this and support such a worthy cause just seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.
I’m running this race to celebrate the memory of my parents and I seek your support by sponsoring me to achieve my goal of raising $5,000 AUD towards advancing research that will someday discover a cure for Alzheimers.
Finally, as the event and charity are in New York, donations made outside of the US will not be tax deductible but I hope this doesn’t deter you from joining me on this journey.
Thank you and best wishes