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Terry Deveney's Fundraiser:

ATHLETES TO END ALZHEIMER'S (2015 NEW YORK CITY MARATHON FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION)

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Terry Deveney

THE STORY:

Dear family and friends, 

On November 1, 2015, I’ll be running the New York City Marathon to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of my brother, Michael, who was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s at the age of 46, three years ago.  The devastating impact of this disease has been relentless and incredibly, horribly, fast.  Three years later and he doesn’t speak…he can’t work or drive and can barely walk on his own.  My brother should be in the prime of his life, watching his son and daughter grow into adulthood, enjoying time with his wife of 19 years. Instead, my sister-in-law and family has taken on the role of his caretaker 24/7 with grace and compassion while his children, aged 13 and 23, must constantly adjust to a new normal as the disease progresses.

Every day I try and remember the sound of my brother’s voice and his laughter… my sisters and I want to fill pages and record hours of memories for his children so they know everything about their dad that they should have had a lifetime to learn…as they already know he loves his them and would do anything for them…what a patient and talented carpenter he is… a steadfast Liverpool fan his whole life…how he loves AC/DC, Irish music and going to live concerts.  

For myself and my sisters, I think the most painful part of his caretaking is seeing him with our mother.  While I am in awe at her strength; watching her take care of him again as if he was a child…trying always to protect his dignity as she tries to help him eat or change his clothes…the heavy sadness and the unfairness of her suffering is sometimes overwhelming.   As a parent myself, I imagine the depths of her grief tending to her ill child but never see it as she deals with this heartbreak with encompassing kindness, common sense and a deep faith that helps all of us keep going.   

I worry constantly he is in pain and no one is aware of it because he can no longer form words to speak for himself.  The disease has made him vulnerable...it is so painful to see him like this and yet I feel so protective, because he doesn’t understand what is happening any more.  I remember visiting early on when he was first diagnosed how he would suddenly look fearful, like a child afraid of a stranger, and trying to reassure him that it was okay, I was his brother, he was safe with me.  Understanding his fear and searching for ways to reassure him changed our relationship forever…and it broke my heart that I truly knew then that things for my brother would never be the same.

Being so far from home and wishing I could be there more for Michael and his family has made me even more determined to help find a cure for this disease that has devastated so many families.  I hope that you will join me in advancing research that will someday discover a cure for Alzheimer’s.

All donations are tax deductible in the US.

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To This Fundraiser

$10,180

MONEY RAISED
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  • Seamus & Lorraine Donagher

    $100

  • Jim & Denise Jewell

    $50

  • Montresor's

    $50

  • John & Joanne

    $30

  • Philip & Michelle Donagher

    $50

  • Adrian Williams

    $50

  • Sanchez-Blanco -- Navitsky family

    $100

  • Dan Dryzgula

    $50

  • Maille Higgins

    $50

  • Paul & Melinda Haddock

    $100

  • Lorrayne, Paddy, Christopher, Shea and Danny

    $50

  • Miss Bernadette Smyth

    $10

  • Steve Hine

    $50

  • Michael & Ann Martin

    $100

  • Terry Deveney

    $50

  • Mantripragada Family

    $50

  • The Cohanes

    $50

  • Shireen and John Aforismo

    $100

  • The Barnes Family

    $100

  • Ann & Mike Clifford

    $50

  • Nick Gravina & Gregg Hartung

    $100

  • Dennis and Tracey Tracey

     

  • Valerie Murray

    $75

  • Natalie Carpenter

    $25

  • Dawn, Mario & Sofia Geloso

    $100

  • Annie & Helen Cullen

    $50

  • Macri Associates, Inc.

     

  • B&G Piping

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Tull Brothers, Inc

    $100

  • Patrick Mahoney

    $50

  • Maureen Grothaus

    $100

  • Liz, TJ, Sean and Zack Fay

     

  • Cathal & Lisa Sheelan

    $100

  • Eastern Metal Works, Inc

    $200

  • BRD Builders

    $100

  • Terry and George Keating

    $250

  • K. Morgan Associates, LLC

    $50

  • Craig Newick

    $25

  • KI Millar

    $50

  • Ronan Sheelan

    $100

  • Shawn and Susan Reed

    $50

  • Patrick M Tracey

    $250

  • Edward P Flanagan

    $50

  • Jeanne corey

    $25

  • Terry Deveney

    $25

  • Joe Cullen

    $50

  • Angela & Pat Sullivan

    $50

  • Mary & Jeff Zeman

    $50

  • Patrick & Sarah Tracey

     

  • Joanne mone

    $100

  • Donna & Kenny McMullan

    $200

  • Avery Construction Company

    $100

  • Helen & Keith Durand and family

    $50

  • Petra Employee's Jean Day

    $175

  • Marilyn Douglas

    $100

  • Helen and Tony Flynn

    $50

  • Kay McCoy

    $90

  • Doreen & Michael Deveney

    $100

  • Bert & Isabel McGinley

    $30

  • Stevey McGeown

    $30

  • Margaret Kelly

    $25

  • Lesley Borrelli

    $50

  • Al Pacelli

    $100

  • Ciara Dempsey

    $50

  • Tessie and Jimmy Reilly

    $50

  • Gretta Evers

    $50

  • Peter and Sinéad Murphy

    $50

  • John and Joan Mullin

    $100

  • Keith Beaulieu

    $50

  • David Brancato

    $100

  • Dick & Arline Edmonds

    $50

  • The Bernoski Family

    $25

  • Brian and Marie Nugent

    $60

  • Gerry & Frances Burke

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Chelsea Construction Group LLC

    $300

  • The Bogtrotters Golf Club

    $1,000

  • Francis & Patricia Smyth

    $100

  • Brenda & Scott O'Leary

    $300

  • Ciro Parente

    $30

  • Diane Hogan

    $30

  • Joanne Hughes Basil Shiels

    $25

  • Erik Sommer

    $30

  • Lorraine,Stephen & Jack Moloney

    $50

  • Rory Donnelly

    $50

  • Noel and Liza Petra

    $50

  • Debbie morgan

    $50

  • Ann and Helen Slevin

    $50

  • Kelly O'Brien

    $50

  • Bridie Quinlivan

    $50

  • Margaret and Rob Breig and Patricia

    $50

  • Leanne Nugent

    $50

  • The Faga Family

     

  • Nicola, Ruairi and Shea

    $50

  • Microscope crew

    $140

  • Guido Petra

    $300

  • McConnell Family

    $25

  • PMG Contracts

    $100

  • Tommie Nolan

    $40

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204% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $598,355 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Karen Rulapaugh

Amount Raised

$21,385

 

306% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Justin Weitz

Amount Raised

$15,217

Fundraiser Title

Ron Beach Jr

Amount Raised

$14,310

 

143% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matt Thomas

Amount Raised

$13,021

 

372% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

James Barb

Amount Raised

$12,189

 

61% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matthew Baier

Amount Raised

$11,400

 

114% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Cathryn Devons

Amount Raised

$11,111

Fundraiser Title

SAM BERBERIAN

Amount Raised

$10,835

 

108% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Tommie Nolan

Tommie Nolan

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

PMG Contracts

PMG Contracts

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

McConnell Family

McConnell Family

DONATION: $25

Good luck Terry! x 3 years ago

Guido Petra

Guido Petra

DONATION: $300

3 years ago

Microscope crew

Microscope crew

DONATION: $140

3 years ago

Nicola, Ruairi and Shea

Nicola, Ruairi and Shea

DONATION: $50

We are so proud of you!! Keep strong x 3 years ago

The Faga Family

The Faga Family

3 years ago

Leanne Nugent

Leanne Nugent

DONATION: $50

Good luck and enjoy the experience, I'll be cheering you on from the sofa 3 years ago

Margaret and Rob Breig and Patricia

Margaret and Rob Breig and Patricia

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Bridie Quinlivan

Bridie Quinlivan

DONATION: $50

3 years ago