Adam and Blake Williams
It was only a short time ago that I received a text message from my brother, Blake (also running on our team) that he would be running the 2015 NYC Marathon in honor of our grandfather, Geoffrey Williams, who is living with Alzheimer's disease. A quiet, stern, and mysterious man, our granfather has an undoubtedly adventurous life story.
Born in the middle of World War II in England, he grew up in a time considerably different from anything my siblings and I ever knew. He joined the British Royal Navy at age 15 (some creative paperwork was involved, I'm sure) which took him on countless journeys throughout the world. He fought in the Korean War. He fearlessly began a new life in a foreign country after having met and fallen in love with my grandmother in Kingston, NY. And currently, he lives with -fights through- Alzheimer's disease.
I can't think of a better way to honor him and his fight against Alzheimer's disease than running -fighting through- the 26.2 mile adventurous journey that makes up the NYC Marathon. I hope to raise $5,000 for the Alzheimer's Association in the upcoming eight months to the race. As you may know, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. There is currently no cure for this condition. But there should be. Please contribute toward my goal for this cause which I unabashedly and proudly support.
For myself, and on behalf of my grandfather: Thank you!
Adam and Blake
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