EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
This year, I'm running the New York City Marathon to raise money to help people like my father, people who suffer from Alzheimer's. The money I raise will support research so that one day, just maybe, people won't need to know the pain of watching a loved one forget them.
As a child, your parents are there to care for you. To love you and feed you, to keep you safe from harm. As we get older, however, these roles often reverse. I first saw it happen when my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I saw it again when my dad received a similar diagnosis. For the past 8 years, I've been watching as my dad slowly deteriorates, watched as the man who once outsmarted me at every turn reached the point where he could no longer remember my name.
This past Christmas, we had to place him in a home for people suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia. There is nothing harder than leaving someone you love, someone who would do anything for you if he could. I knew it was for the right reasons, and I knew he would receive the care that he needed, but it didn't make it any easier. When I walked out the door to go home without him, it broke my heart in two.
I have to wonder what it would be like to talk to him about my life: to tell him about my company, to ask him how he felt when his first child was born, to thank him for working two jobs to keep his family in a nice home. Hell, I'd love to sit back and have a beer with him and talk about nothing... Unfortunately, those opportunities are gone. His ability to communicate is gone.
I started running 1 year ago as a way of coping with my anger about losing my dad. Today, I'm asking you to join me as I run this race, to donate in support of not just my dad and my family, but every family who will experience this terrible disease. My story is not a new one... Every day, more and more people experience the slow pain of losing a loved one to Alzheimer's. But there's a lot that each of us can do. We can be there for them. We can speak out and make people aware. We can come together in raising money for research.
I will finish the New York City marathon. And one day, we will have a cure.
Thank you so much for your support,
What You Should Know About Alzheimer's
In America alone, there are 5.3 million people living with Alzheimer's. It is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. It's terrifying, because there's nothing we can do... yet.
Additionally, it is one of the costliest chronic diseases. In 2015, the costs of caring for those with Alzheimer's in America will total an estimated $226 billion, only half of which will be covered by Medicare. Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer's is projected to cost over $1.1 trillion (in 2015 dollars).